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Akane Koide Solo Exhibition: Girls Mini Brain Chamber @ Parco Factory

Thanks to your support, Akane Koide’s first solo exhibition 15 Going On 18... at Tokyo’s Gallery Trinity was a great success. Now, we are proud to announce the opening of a second show at the Parco Factory in Shibuya!!

The title for this new show is Girls Mini Brain Chamber and as the name implies, the contents will give objective shape to the artist’s imagination and unique sensibilities.

Perhaps the biggest attraction of the exhibition will be its “homemade” feel. With installations featuring an assortment of items from small ornaments to stuffed animals, Koide has had a hand in almost every detail. The results offer a fantastic opportunity to experience the world through this young artist’ s eyes.

Akane Koide Solo Exhibition: Girls Mini Brain Chamber @Parco Factory

It was the first day of installation and after finishing school, Koide rushed immediately to the gallery. She didn’t even have time to change from her school uniform.

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Since the concept show’s concept is to take us inside the mind of a young girl, Koide focused on the layout and atmosphere of the room. Is the torso seen here also part of the exhibition!?

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Installation resumed the next morning. With all works safely arrived, it was time to confirm the overall setup.

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One by one, Koide realizes the abstract images in her mind and incorporates them into the installation.

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Koide consults on her layout with KK Exhibition Director Shin Kitahara. Shin-san arrived in Shibuya after an incredible world tour which saw him working on exhibitions in locations as spread out as NY, Paris, London, LA, Singapore, Miyoshi and Toyama!! This is actually the first time he’s visited Shibuya in 15 years.

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The stuffed animal at the center was hand made by the artist herself. You can see how she is good at sewing.

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Here, Koide hangs a curtain she selected and specially ordered for the exhibition. It’s pretty chic.

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A large portrait of a young girl watches over Koide as she works on the display.
This wall was also featured in a live painting session!!
We’ll give you a look at how it went down in further reports .

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And finally, the opening was upon us!

The reception desk is flanked by huge flower arrangements. The large poster on the wall was also an immediate attention grabber.

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While Koide was being interviewed by the press, the gallery quickly filled with visitors.

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Previously, the artist had stated her desire to have the exhibition seen by like-minded people of similar age. So she was very happy when a group of high school students showed up to interview her for their self-published free paper.

As you can see from the photo, the atmosphere was very intimate and relaxed, as if they were sitting in their own bedroom.

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The biggest piece on exhibit was this painting entitled School Scene. It really stood out. Measuring 2m in both directions, the powerful image captures the suffocating feeling of school life by showing a girl with a collar and chain around her neck.
Now that’s high school!

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And once again, Koide has produced her own doujinshi (fanzine). It’s just as packed with content as her previous offerings, so be sure to check it out. The volume will be on sale at a special price during the exhibition’s run.

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Mr. Kuruma and Mr. Murata from bonnyColart showed their support once again by attending. They were also instrumental in Koide’s Trinity exhibition. Thank you very much!!

Takashi Murakami was there as well with fellow artists Aya Takano and Chinatsu Ban.

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Once interviews were done, it was time to change locations for a launch party. The quiet meal kicked off with some words from Koide herself.

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There were also a few words from Mr. Iijima from Technopro whose assistance was invaluable during preparations. Thanks also to everyone at Parco.

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The dinner was accompanied by video footage of some of Koide’s unreleased works and her live painting sessions.

We hope you all enjoyed this behind the scenes glimpse of Akane Koide’s new solo exhibition. We’ll be offering a look at Koide’s live painting session from the 17th in a separate report.
The exhibition lasts until November 3rd. Stop by and experience it for yourself.

©2009 Akane Koide/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kurage Kikuchi and gallery staff

 

It was the first day of installation and
after finishing school, Koide rushed immediately to the gallery. She didn’t even have time to change from her school uniform.

image

Since the concept show’s concept is to take us inside the mind of a young girl, Koide focused on the layout and atmosphere of the room. Is the torso seen here also part of the exhibition!?

image

Installation resumed the next morning. With all works safely arrived, it was time to confirm the overall setup.

image

One by one, Koide realizes the abstract images in her mind and incorporates them into the installation.

image

Koide consults on her layout with KK Exhibition Director Shin Kitahara. Shin-san arrived in Shibuya after an incredible world tour which saw him working on exhibitions in locations as spread out as NY, Paris, London, LA, Singapore, Miyoshi and Toyama!! This is actually the first time he’s visited Shibuya in 15 years.

image

The stuffed animal at the center was hand made by the artist herself. You can see how she is good at sewing.

image

Here, Koide hangs a curtain she selected and specially ordered for the exhibition. It’s pretty chic.

image

A large portrait of a young girl watches over Koide as she works on the display.
This wall was also featured in a live painting session!!
We’ll give you a look at how it went down in further reports .

image

And finally, the opening was upon us!

The reception desk is flanked by huge flower arrangements. The large poster on the wall was also an immediate attention grabber.

image

While Koide was being interviewed by the press, the gallery quickly filled with visitors.

image

Previously, the artist had stated her desire to have the exhibition seen by like-minded people of similar age. So she was very happy when a group of high school students showed up to interview her for their self-published free paper.

As you can see from the photo, the atmosphere was very intimate and relaxed, as if they were sitting in their own bedroom.

image

The biggest piece on exhibit was this painting entitled School Scene. It really stood out. Measuring 2m in both directions, the powerful image captures the suffocating feeling of school life by showing a girl with a collar and chain around her neck.
Now that’s high school!

image

And once again, Koide has produced her own doujinshi (fanzine). It’s just as packed with content as her previous offerings, so be sure to check it out. The volume will be on sale at a special price during the exhibition’s run.

image

Mr. Kuruma and Mr. Murata from bonnyColart showed their support once again by attending. They were also instrumental in Koide’s Trinity exhibition. Thank you very much!!

Takashi Murakami was there as well with fellow artists Aya Takano and Chinatsu Ban.

image

Once interviews were done, it was time to change locations for a launch party. The quiet meal kicked off with some words from Koide herself.

image

There were also a few words from Mr. Iijima from Technopro whose assistance was invaluable during preparations. Thanks also to everyone at Parco.

image

The dinner was accompanied by video footage of some of Koide’s unreleased works and her live painting sessions.

We hope you all enjoyed this behind the scenes glimpse of Akane Koide’s new solo exhibition. We’ll be offering a look at Koide’s live painting session from the 17th in a separate report.
The exhibition lasts until November 3rd. Stop by and experience it for yourself.

©2009 Akane Koide/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kurage Kikuchi and gallery staff

 

 

Exhibition Details】
■Title: Akane Koide Girls Mini Brain Chamber
■Dates: October 17, 2009(Sat) ~ November 3, 2009 (Tue)
■Venue:Parco Factory (Shibuya Parco Part 1/6F)
Hours:10:00 am〜 9:00pm(All guests must enter at least 30 minutes before closing)

■Related Events
10/24 (Sat) 17:00〜: Live Talk at the gallery - Makoto Saito (Managing Editor of Spoon Magazine) × Akane Koide 10/25 (Sun) 15:00〜: On site critiques by Takashi Murakami ※Only artists under the age of 20 will be eligible to have their work viewed by Murakami. For details on how to register, visit the Parco HP at http://www.parco-art.com/ (Japanese language only)

Contact:03-3477-5873(Parco Factory)