October 27, 2021

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Ibasho Gallery : Toshio Shibata : Portray/Slipping Drinking water

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IBASHO offers its second solo exhibition with the Japanese artist Toshio Shibata. Two books ‘Painting’ by Selected Commune’ and ‘Falling Water’ by the Velvet Mobile, that are now becoming printed, replicate two necessary things in Shibata’s human body of work.

Shibata began his profession as a painter following acquiring examined high-quality artwork in Japan. In 1976 he applied for a scholarship to research at the Royal Academy of Artwork in Ghent, Belgium. A professor at the Academy questioned Shibata to be a part of the freshly founded images course, which Shibata did. By now before selecting to research pictures in Belgium, Shibata was captivated to photographic silkscreen printing and to the operates of Pop Art artists, this sort of as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. For the duration of his time in Belgium and Europe Shibata got acquainted with the perform of the influential photographers Edward Weston and Joel Meyerowitz and was amazed by the point that in Europe photography was noticed not only as a documenting or reproducing fact but as yet another kind of artwork. When he returned to Japan, Shibata was persuaded that his way ahead as an artist was to solely target on photography.

The reality that Shibata started out as a painter is a circumstance that has without doubt affected his perform as a photographer: he seems to make images that are elemental in kind and topic.

“My aim is to build with every photograph an independent get the job done that is called a ‘tableau’. It is not my aim to make a depiction in purchase to reveal, nor to make pictures to illustrate an essay it is to go after the likelihood of new expression by signifies of pictures.” – artist statement Toshio Shibata

Almost all of Shibata’s functions image civil engineering projects in normally organic landscapes. These synthetic constructions, ubiquitous in Japan’s fields and hills, are designed with the foremost emphasis on purpose, these kinds of as preventing landslides, managing floods, and enabling passage by mountains, and should really thus be fully divided from the pursuit of figurative satisfaction and attractiveness. Shibata, nevertheless, utilizes the geometrical types of the guy-produced constructions in character, to detach the landscape that is in entrance of him, from area and time and therefore from truth, which resembles the outcomes of a portray.

Hunting at his total human body of perform, it looks that Shibata has a preference for which includes h2o in his tableaus. Water plays an critical function within Japanese tradition and religion. For illustration, water is a single of the five things of Japanese Buddhism Godai:( Earth, Drinking water, Fireplace, Air and Void) and embodies the high-quality of versatility. Drinking water signifies the fluid, flowing, and formless items in the entire world. Shibata’s use of very long exposures seize the water’s strength, adaptability and innate grace as it spills, crashes, and glides over created dams, sluices and channels. Even as one imagines the roaring seem of the crashing falls from the imposing works of civil engineering, the quietness in Shibata’s vision reigns. Together with drinking water in his tableaus also offers Shibata’s operate a softness that results in a wonderful stability with the rigidity of the gentleman-created buildings.


Toshio Shibata : Portray/Falling Drinking water

2 September – 10 Oct 2021 

IBASHO gallery
Tolstraat 67
2000 Antwerp

Cellular phone +32 ()32162028

Electronic mail details@ibashogallery.com

Thursday to  Sunday from 14:00 – 18:00.
Other times/times by appointment.
Due to the Belgian COVID19-laws a maximum of 7 people is permitted in our gallery house. In observe this by no means will cause a issue.



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