Koji Shiroshita 城下浩伺

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PICTURE IBARAKI Koji Shiroshita Exhibition /  Photo by Masashi Mihotani

When do we start calling it “a picture”
or stop calling it “a picture” —
I think this is still a picture.

“Picture” was held from April to June, 2020 during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The initial concept of which was to exhibit Koji Shiroshita’s artworks at a gallery, each of the painted works was shot and printed, referring to them as “pictures”.

Through the process of shooting, printing and exhibiting what he painted, the artist hoped to raise the following questions:“Where is the ‘essence’ of a picture?Does it only exist in a physical work of art?

However, upon the Japanese government’s declaration of a “state of emergency,” he had to shift the venue of the show from the gallery to online. By unintentionally forcing the viewers to view the through screens, he ended up asking his audience about the place where the essence of pictures exists.

Given that the “essence” of a picture is something applied to a medium, or a support, with paint, the “Picture” exhibit releases their “essence” from that. That essence is printed and exhibited in a gallery and at the same time, publicized in an online exhibition.



Size: 515 × 728mm

Numbered by the artist

¥4,400 (tax included)

Edition of 100

Offset printing(Duotone+Varnish)

Koji Shiroshita / Masashi Mihotani / Tatsuya Tanaka

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A4 size

¥22,000 (tax included)

Edition of 5 and 2 Artist’s Proofs

Pigment print

Size: 210 × 297mm

Signed and numbered by the artist

A3-nobi size

¥33,000 (tax included)

Edition of 5 and 2 Artist’s Proofs

Pigment print

Size: 329×483mm

Signed and numbered by the artist

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Koji Shiroshita

Artist https://koji-shiroshita.com

Born in Kyoto. Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Information Design. After 10 years of drawing without publishing his artworks, he started to release them prolifically in 2013 with his debut solo exhibition. Among 4186 entries from 52 countries,he had won the 5th prize (the 3rd in Japan) at Art Olympia 2015, an International Open Art Competition. One of the co-founders of “_act_”, an art group in Osaka, Japan.

Masashi Mihotani

Photographer https://masashimihotani.com

Masashi Mihotani (b. 1987, Osaka) is a photographer whose work addresses ideas of awareness and perception within the context of consumerism. Initially self-taught, Mihotani graduated from Visual Arts Osaka’s photography department in 2015. In recent years he has focused primarily on utilizing everyday objects in place of film negatives to create photograms.

This work has been shown internationally, including a 2019 solo show at Kana Kawanishi Photography gallery (Tokyo, Japan) and as well as the 2019 Daili International Photography Festival (Daili, China) and Artists’ Fair Kyoto 2020 (Kyoto, Japan). In 2018 Mihotani received the Japan Photo Award for his “Images are for illustration purposes” series. He has been featured in IMA Step out! Vol.22 as well as numerous online publications. Mihotani is a current part-time photography instructor at Kyoto University of Art and Design and an artist-in-residence at Kagan Hotel in Kyoto, Japan.

Photo : Masashi Mihotani

Website : Mifuku Design https://mifuku-design.com

Flyer Design : Tatsuya Tanaka hitoto https://designsalad.net/

Translation of the Statement : Yuki Matsushima http://pinetreetranslation.com

Gallery : O’keeffe 5-13 Aigacho, Hitachi, Ibaraki http://www.okeeffe-sweets.com/

Studio : KAGAN HOTEL 99 Sujakuhozo-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto https://kaganhotel.com/


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