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主催:任意団体 Gallery G-77


Drawings and sketches by Keisuke Watanabe
in Kōshō-ji Temple

Video installation by Andrey Kolchanov (USA)

1-10 December, 2023

Opening hours : Monday - Sunday. 12:00 - 19:00 

Admission fee: free 


   Step into an enchanting realm where the unseen takes on an appearance and transforms into vibrant art. This exhibition unfolds within the serene setting of Koshoji Temple, celebrated for its meditative ambiance. The temple's aura provides the perfect backdrop for artistic exploration, inviting viewers to savor the transformative power of sound and sight within a tranquil and contemplative environment.


The exhibition showcases the masterful drawings of Keisuke Watanabe, a professional musician who seamlessly blends music and painting. Watanabe practices extemporaneous sketching on the spot, capturing a variety of subjects that include landscapes, architecture, individuals, and fleeting everyday moments. Through his swift sketches, he conveys the passion, movements, and the passage of time, resulting in artworks filled with sensual allure.


In addition, the exhibition features an exceptional series of 10-meter-long scroll paintings, each born from the essence of sound. These extraordinary creations were painted during live narration performances in the temple, where the synergy of sound and drawing converged. They invite visitors to explore the profound depths of translating auditory elements into visual form, with each stroke and line mirroring a rhythmic interplay, creating a unique visual symphony.


As our honored guest, American artist Andrei Kolchanov presents an extraordinary video installation titled “Shadow-Makers.” Over 3.5 years, he captured the shadows cast by distant construction site lights on his studio wall, taking around 2300 photos of these shadows while recording accompanying sounds. The images and sound are not staged, appearing exactly as they were taken and assembled in a video editing stop-motion technique. Kolchanov's exploration delves into sensory engagement, non-intentional traces, and the luminosity of diverse materials.


This exhibition encourages introspection and inspiration, connecting visitors with their inner creativity while contemplating the interplay of artistic and sensory elements. Both artists aim to captivate the senses of their audience, whether through the lines on paper or the ethereal dance of shadows in the play of light. Their endeavors enable visitors to engage with art on an authentic sensory level, boldly pushing the boundaries of imagination and artistic encounters, nurturing a deeper appreciation for the myriad possibilities within the art world."


Keisuke Watanabe

Kyoto-based contemporary artist, creates on-site paintings inspired by his musical background. He's won the Shigeru Aoki Memorial Award, exhibited in prestigious locations worldwide, and worked on extensive projects in places like Australia,France, and Germany. His diverse artistic journey includes international collaborations and the publication of four art books.

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Andrei Kolchanov

Born in 1962, is a painter and multimedia artist. He lives and works in New York City, USA. Since the early 1990s, Andrei Kolchanov has been delving into the creation of atmospheres. He explores fields of sensory engagement, non-intentional traces, the luminescence of various materials, and the circumstances under which we encounter them. His work draws inspiration from sensations of serendipity, voyeurism, and cartography.


Video installation 


The story of this project began in 2019 when Kolchanov started taking photographs of shadows in his art studio. The shadows were cast by a major construction site on the Hudson Riverbank in New York City, half a mile away, which required strong industrial projector lights to be kept on all night for safety. Those lights highlighted everything between them and the building, placing shadows on the studio wall. Kolchanov started at 5:45 a.m. and captured about 2300 photographs of the shadows on the same wall over a period of 3.5 years. At the same time, he recorded sound from ten seconds to one minute, with a video camera microphone placed outside the window: rain, birds singing, loud machinery from the construction site, sanitation trucks, dogs barking, helicopters, and the cat that lives at his studio. The images and the sound are not staged and appear as they were taken and then were assembled in a video editing stop-motion technique. The subject of Shadow-Makers is, of course, shadows. But unlike in a traditional photograph or painting, the subjects casting them are unknown. Seeing this project, one would try to imagine what those objects looked like. Is it a shadow of a whole object or only a part of it? Is there a story? Everything in this installation is artificial, except the tree below the studio window that sometimes shows up at the bottom of the screen: the construction lights, the cranes and bulldozers, poles and wires, the window of the building, the wall - everything is human-made. Except for the shadows. Shadows are immaterial. Wherever there is light, there is shadow, and the shadow belongs to the light, natural or artificial. The shadows in this project are presented as the only natural appearance. Shadow-Makers demonstrates the relationship between image and object where the object is not visible and where the image of the object - its shadow, is “calling” for the object in the viewer’s imagination. Each image in the presentation runs for one second, followed by the next. After a while, the viewer accepts images as objects and, with the accompanying sound, enters the atmosphere of the shadows that are telling a story. It is a story of the shadows. In his shadow-hunting, Kolchanov shows the experience of time - itself an accumulation of moments - in terms of collecting and putting it together. The video refers to a technique in photography and film by which a succession of images is taken at intervals to record change over a given period, resulting in a simultaneously accelerated and collapsed sense of time. Shadow-makers is a collection of precise, ephemeral moments and contemplations of their significance.



Artist ​Keisuke Watanabe

 Poetess Kine Brettschreider

“Drawing the Sound”  Improvisational performance

​Guest: Poet Harry van Doveren

2 December, 16:00 - 17:00
Admission fee: free 

Dutch poetry written by Harry van Doveren takes shape as living brushstrokes at Kōshō-ji Temple in Kyoto. Japanese artist Keisuke Watanabe and Dutch narrator Kine Brettschreider unite for an improvisational performance titled 'Painting the Sound.' Diverse artists merge talents in this avant-garde exploration, transforming auditory experiences into captivating visuals.

Kine will recite Dutch poetry, and as she speaks, Keisuke will create live drawings in response to her words, turning sound into art. Dutch poetry's eloquence, inspired by the serene ambience of Koshoji Temple, will come to life as living brushstrokes. It's a magical fusion of language and imagery right before your eyes."

Join us in this extraordinary fusion of contemporary creativity and Japanese temple heritage at Kōshō-ji — a gathering filled with profound inspiration.


Kine Brettschreider (pseudonym of Angeline van Doveren, 1966), studied Musicology (MA), Theology (MA) Received her PhD in philosophy with a study on despair as a habit of thinking. Her poetry debut was recently published.

Coauthor of the book The Read City (読まれた街), a collection of impressions of Kyoto.


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Kōshō-ji Temple

Address:  Kōshō-ji Temple

〒602-0082 Kyoto, Kamigyo Ward, Kamitenjincho, 647

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