To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 to Monday, 10 July 2017
Opening: 
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

…they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave…
[Socrates in dialogue with Glaucon]
- Plato, The Republic 380 BCE

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of
evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting have embraced elements of
the everyday. He perceives them as a medium that unravels our changing perception on the lived temporalities of the past
and present.

Fire has mesmerised scientists, artists, and philosophers who sought to understand our relationship to the world. In France,
1826, the glaring sunlight was the catalyst for the inventor Nicéphore Niépce’s creation of photography, driven by his desire
to draw without using his own hands. In Japan, in 1872, people were impressed by the brightness of imported British gas
lamps, exclaiming “This is civilization..!” Nowadays, digital imagery of fire adorns the fireplaces of households, supplementing
the warmth felt in our imagination. These instances show how our understanding of this universal natural phenomenon has
shifted with our comprehension of the physical world throughout human history.

Here, fire reveals itself to viewers as a medium of perceptual relations. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers
are invited to reflect on the social and cultural environment they live within.

The exhibition is curated by Eiko Honda.
With thanks to the Zabludowicz Collection for the equipment support.

Sponsored by Shiseido Group

Artist: 

Toshiaki Hicosaka (born Aichi Prefecture, 1983) is a painter who currently lives and works in Kyoto. He is a part-time lecturer
at Kyoto University of Art and Design and also at Kurashiki University of Science and Art.
Hicosaka has hosted solo exhibitions at Aishonanzuka (2016, Hong Kong); Aisho Miura Arts (2013, Tokyo); Ohara Museum of
Art (2011, Okayama); and Shiseido Gallery (2008, Tokyo). Selected group exhibitions include: egØ – Re-examining the Self, punto
(2014, Kyoto); New Phases in Contemporary Painting, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (2012, Hyogo); TRANS COMPLEX – The
painting in the Age of Information Technology, Kyoto Art Center (2011, Kyoto); and MOT annual 2008 Unravelling and Revealing, Museum
of Contemporary Art (2008, Tokyo). Hicosaka has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2009) and the Pola Art
Foundation (2014).

Other Info: 

Admission free, Monday–Friday 9.30am–5pm.

Exhibition-related events are also free, but booking is essential: 

http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/to-look-at-the-fire-by-toshiaki-hicos...

 

Images:

Bon Fire_03, 2017, Print and Colored Pencil on Canvas © Toshiaki Hicosaka

Installation view at POLA MUSEUM ANNEX in Tokyo [detail], 2017 © Toshiaki Hicosaka

 

Telephone: 
02074864348
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Venue: 

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

Please access from the OUTER CIRCLE 

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