Tomiyuki Kaneko: Savage Deities

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Since 1967, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs has been helping ship promising artists overseas to spend some quality time with masters of their respective disciplines. In the late '90s, the agency presumably realised that the public might be interested in the fruits of these activities, and so the annual 'Domani' exhibition was born. A recent feature participant in this highly regarded show, the Yamagata-based Tomiyuki Kaneko now shows off his hypnotic ink drawings at the Mizuma Gallery. Themed on the Japanese dragon deity Kuraokami, who is said to govern over water, the pieces draw on local folklore and spiritualism, and will be displayed alongside production notes and other related materials.


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