cosmopolitan 2020 10/02-11/01

In every aspect of life: society, politics, economics, culture and the environment, global activity is on the rise and at this point “information” which surpasses time and distance has long had a real effect on our daily lives. In such a world, where numerous problems are unfolding on a global scale, how should we think about the world going forward?
“Cosmopolitan” is a serial exhibition that is designed to encourages us to think as citizens of Earth. This is the first of the series and features four artists whose activities are focused in Japan while they keep one eye on the wider world: Jun’ichiro Ishii, Mizuki Kajihara, Sae Takahashi and Manabu Kanai. Over the course of one month we will feature one artist each week.

● Artist

Jun'ichiro ISHII 10/02-10/11  Mizuki KAJIHARA 10/13-10/18

Sae TAKAHASHI 10/20-10/25    Manabu KANAI 10/27-11/01

Jun’ichiro ISHII

By changing the background information, the Signifiant (Signifier) and Signifié (Signified) are temporarily destroyed. Ishii creates his works as if he were reconstructing these deconstructed Signe (Symbols). Ishii has no particular style in terms of methodology or material, but in each case, the inspiration from a place is visualized in its most honest form. These works resemble an unusual interpretation of the "everyday" or, more simply a kind of cultural sketch.


Manabu KANAI

While composing things that have their own (multiple) specificity, the practice of art itself is positioned as the creation of certain languages (format) as prostheses (the externalization of body and memory) to explore the peculiar temporal and spatial dynamism that is generated upon the moment such languages are invented.



Kajihara works mainly with Western classical music, attempting to destroy and reconstruct rigid musical scores by way of physical experience. Stemming from an interest in replacing symbols with new information, she imagines new possibilities for contemporary art by connecting the modern and the classical through music.



Takahashi finds aesthetic qualities in the cracks and stains of walls and floors, sublimating them into abstract paintings. She does not use brushes but instead applies paintb directly to the canvas with her fingers, hands, or paint tubes, channeling energy from her body.