YUKINORI TOKORO – First Solo Exhibition in China

by Red Cell via Yukinori Tokoro

The intriguing expressionist photo work of visionary artist Yukinori Tokoro will be on display for the first time in China at the epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery in Shanghai. Below you can read both the artist’s statement about this recent work, “PARADOX – 1second-” as well as the official press. It has also been released as a beautiful book here.



Artist Statement:

The time flows,
Unexpectedly to no one.

Buses ready to depart in the terminal, and a girl rushes in.
A scene of light-woven show for some minutes, and people walk silently in the city noise.
I seize what happens in one second in Shibuya, my home town, and I try to express transience and uncertainty of time.

People, car, nothing stop in this city. Neither light nor shadow stands still for a second.
Reflecting light to the building and shadow on the street always change their positions.
The light travels to a next building, and shadow falls down to another street.
The city scene thus changes every second together with movement of people and car.

Shibuya was to me a grand city who looked down the people. With the time passing to me, now I feel transience in this city.
Car, people. metro, and everything moving becomes transient to me.
Building even changes its face every second. Seizing several seconds has made me understand more about Shibuya.

Shibuya is one of typical districts representing today’s Tokyo.
The transience of Shibuya can also apply to other cities on the earth. I am a bit dizzy about.
“One second”, it’s my style of expression of transience, and no other way for me.
Every one may feel or understand his own “one second” in his way.
And many of us can understand how fast and transient “one second” is,
In order to understand what time means.

Yukinori Tokoro

Opening Reception
11/06(Sat) 16:00-18:00

Office339 is please to announce Yukinori Tokoro’s the first solo exhibition in China “PARADOX -Shanghai 1 second-” at epSITE.

…Yukinori Tokoro was born in 1961. After he was graduated from Osaka Art University, he started working as a freelance photographer proactively.
In 1992, his works were chosen as representing Japanese modern expressionist of the World of Imaging Fair, “Photokina’92v”. His works were high-profiled and featured in foreign magazines, and he became more active not only in Japan but internationally.

He created fantastic works with an universal image of beauty, and he proved that his world and view is the only one of its kind. His spectacular creations are almost like miracles. They seem like floating between real and unreal with such a unique vision of the world. The various art fields consider his works as far beyond just “photograph” and the creator Tokoro as a highly respected artist.

2006 With his collective artworks, “CHIAROSCURO” published by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, he made his decision to reset his carrier period called “The 1st era of Yukinori Tokoro”. 2007 Start his new art work, “the 2nd era of Yukinori Tokoro”, by using monochrome pictures of mainly the landscapes of Shibuya, Tokyo. 2008 Start expanding his work to the series called “One Second” which represents the unique axis of time with the different concept form our usual moment.

We will show 1 second series include landspace of Shibuya, Shanghai, Chongqing, NY, Paris, etc. in this exhibition. At the opening reception, artist Tokoro will come to the gallery from Japan and also there is a music performance by Mystic Floor.

We are pleased to invite you to the opening from 4 pm on November 6th.


epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery
Rm. 106, Bldg 7, 50 Moganshan Lu, Shanghai, China
021-62669191 / epsite_sh@ecc.epson.com.cn / www.epson.com.cn/epsite

Phone: 021-62669191 021-62669191
Zip Code: 200060 200060

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