Conversation With Loko Gallery (Tokyo)

Exhibiting for the first time at Sydney Contemporary 2019 we spoke to LOKO Gallery about their upcoming exhibition.

The gallery is located in Tokyo, can you elaborate on its location and why you chose to open there?
The gallery is in a backstreet in Daikanyama, the heart of Tokyo, in between Shibuya, the centre of street culture and Nakameguro which is creative people’s favourite district. The owner Kazuo Endo had been looking for a property for his new gallery all over Tokyo but could not meet the place to satisfy his plan, then he found vacant land in front of an elementary school. The newly designed and built gallery with 5m high ceilings allow artists to show oversize works such as huge sculptures and big screen video projections. The visitors can see the presentation through the cafe window before the gallery. Artists from other parts of the world can stay in its residence room.

What are some career highlights, or exhibition highlights in the gallery to date?
The Gallery’s opening show was in 2016 by Masahiro WADA, who started his career as a sculptor and is recently making video works.
The artist re-built the film set from the exhibition’s title work in the new space, the audience was able to see a multi-channel movie with huge sized wall screen of a real moth flying through the space. The exhibition was very well accepted.

What was your first exhibition? And why?
WADA succeeded to break the snobby local Daikanyama atmosphere by his raw and karmatic presentation. That was what the gallery wanted him to do.

Who are you bringing to Sydney Contemporary and why?
We believe, Yusuke ABE, the painter inspired by wild life and boyhood experiences, can attract Sydney collectors who love freedom. Sequoyah AONO’s wooden sculpture with the concept of destruction and creation, makes the audience understand the beauty of imperfection.

Yusuke ABE, Pocket (nightfall), 2018, oil, crayon, oil pastel, splay paint, wood panel, plastic board, paper, ink, colored plastic pencil,  Yu-Gi-Oh card, card sleeve case, game boy cartridge, hair band, gel medium, wood glue on canvas, 33.3 × 41 × 4 cm. Courtesy the artist and LOKO GALLERY, Tokyo.
Sequoyah AONO, Man Asking for Money in New York 09-13-19, acrylic and varnish on burnt wood, 42 × 37 × 14cm. Courtesy the artist and LOKO GALLERY, Tokyo.

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