Yugo Kohrogi "Turbidity"


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Yugo Kohrogi "Turbidity"

Apr 6 (wed) - 24 (sun), 2022
12:00-19:00 (sun -17:00)
Closed on mon, tue
Yoshimi Arts

Cooperation | NipponKodo
Grant|Osaka city

*The dates or opening hours are subject to change


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to announce it will be holding “Turbidity”, a solo exhibition by Yugo Kohrogi. The exhibition will mainly present works from Kohrogi’s “ | ” series, which is his fundamental series. “ | ” refers to multiple meanings, including “oneself (I)”, number “1”, and “vertical bar”. The works are composed of and express a dichotomic relationship between backgrounds and figures. The motifs are human forms, but when we look at them in relation to their backgrounds, we could say those human forms are a “representation of light and/or color”. This relationship has been transformed and developed into series of “/”, “\” and “≡”.
Further, Kohrogi has examined the interaction between his works and the outside world. In “Pond”, his solo exhibition at Yoshimi Arts in 2016, he painted the four sides of the canvas frame with fluorescent colors different to those that extend from the front surface, making the colors reflect on the walls to physically show an interaction between the paintings and the surrounding environment. In the “KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition” (Higashiyama Cube, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art), held from January to February 2022 in Kyoto, he created a work that changes little by little over time. He used numeric data and images taken from component analysis with Horiba, Ltd.’s measurement technology and projected this onto the painting, drawn with polarization pigments as well as with gloss and/or matte treated paints.
In this exhibition, in an attempt to reveal a similar effect to that of paintings in a gallery, we will apply the painting methodology Kohrogi has developed in the space itself.


My first painting series, “| (vertical)” is the main feature of this exhibition. In this series, my focus is on the relationship between “inside and outside”.
The work gradually emerges by moving back and forth between a gray background (outside) and human figures (inside) during the production process.
This time, the whole gallery space will be set as “gray”, and I explore the resonance of colors within capricious and unstable elements, such as haziness, opacity and fragrance.
The exhibition title, “Turbidity”, refers to the measurement of the degree of water translucence.
The word “get cloudy 濁る” gives a negative impression, and may be associated with the Buddhist idea of “impurity” that is evoked when we hear the words “kegare” or “yogore” (meaning dirty or impure).
When we think of color, for example, there is actually no such thing as a “dirty” or “beautiful” color.
There is merely a color relationship that “looks” dirty or beautiful. Setting standards often allows us to discover something we are unaware of.
I think, on the other hand, existence that cannot be measured, such as feelings, are also very precious.
I find that these subtleties in my daily life, which I notice when I’m under a cloudy dusk setting, are what make me engaged with this world.

Yugo Kohrogi


image |
main | 《|122 》 2022 oil on canvas 727×606mm(F20)
lower | 《|113 》 2022 oil on canvas 727×500mm(M20)


■Exhibition and event held at the same time
In various area of Osaka, Kohrogi's exhibits will held during our exhibition.

□ ≡ Yugo Kohrogi
Apr 6 (wed)−18 (mon)
Gallery NEXT, Takashimaya Osaka Store(5-1-5, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka)

□POP UP - collaboration with apparel brand "SATORU SASAKI" and paintings
Apr 6 (wed)−18 (mon)
CEDARWOOD(1-3-24, Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka)

*Please check business hours and holidays on each website.


Yugo Kohrogi >>
1982 Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
2007 Graduated from Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2009 Completed Printmaking Course, Fine Arts Department in Graduate School, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
  Education research assistant at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (-2012)
2013 Lived and worked in London (by The 6th Shuou Fund Scholarship Award)
2015 Part-time teacher at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2017 Lived and worked in London (by Grant for overseas training, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation)
2018 Lived and worked in Spain and Bulgaria (Artist in Residence Program)
2019 Lived and worked at Art Village Shirakino in Minami-Shimabara City, Nagasaki (Artist in Residence Program)
2020- Lived and worked in Mie, Fukuoka, and Saitama (Artist in Residence Program) etc.
Solo Exhibition
2021 "YOU" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2020 "ORDINARY" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "EYE" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2019 "Roots" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2018 “Stratified” (FR2 Gallery 2/Tokyo)
  ”Across the Night” (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Under the Skin" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2017 "HIVE" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Yugo Kohrogi 2012-2016" (Yoshimi Arts/Oska) >>
2016 "Portrait" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Pond" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2015 "Dark Adaptation" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Drawings 2011-2015" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2014 "/" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Hopskotch" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2011 "boiling point" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2010 "Sparkler" (Gallery Art Composition/Tokyo)
2009 "body nude / body" (Gallery Art Composition/Tokyo)
  "melting point" (CASHI/Tokyo)
Group Exhibition
2022 KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition (Higashiyama Cube, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art)
2020 "Decade vol.2" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Decade vol.1" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Online / Contactless" (Yoshimi Arts, the three konohana website) >>
  "Premonition of Beauty 2020" (Takashimaya Art Gallery/Nihombashi, Kyoto, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Shinjuku)
2019 "Yugo Kohrogi, Yuki Nagashima" (Canalside Gallery, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum/Nagasaki)
  "Shirakino Artist in Residence, Exhibition 2019-1" (Art Village Shirakino/ Minamishimabara)

“Yugo Kohrogi, Lisa Kohno” (Tenchonokura/Kumamoto)

  “Wooden sculpture, Oil painting, Japanese painting and Drawing “ (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  “Syuou Prize 10 years" (Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art/Okayama)
  “Forest of the Art Education” (The University of the Arts/Tokyo)
2018 "Art Show" (World of Co x Seemeon 29/Sofia)
  ”Kosuke Ikeshima Yugo Kohrogi” (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  “Insight 20” (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "drawing/collage" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Takahashi Collection - Face and Abstraction"(Kiyoharu Art Colony/Yamanashi)
2017 "Insight 19" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "Night and Day" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Group Show VIII" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "September Flower" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2016 "Space,Art&Human Body" (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts/Tokyo)
  "Naked Men 1876-2016" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Insight 16 "melting"" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2015 "Body" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "5th Anniversary Festival !!" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Viewpoint of three art" (Art Gallery, Daimaru Sapporo store/Sapporo)
2013 "Figurative Abstraction" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  Insight 8 "Figurative" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2012 "Physical side II" "Yoshimi Arts/Osaka"
2011 "Summer Arts Festival - MITSUKOSHI × Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music-" (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi/Tokyo)
  "Group Show IV" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tradition, Contemporary, Generation" Drawing Exhibition (The University Art Museum-Tokyo University of the Arts-/Tokyo)
2010 "Group Show II" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Self Portrait - Others as Myself" (Takahashi Collection Hibiya/Tokyo)
  "Lost Generation" (Bunkamura Gallery/Tokyo)
  "HANGA's Color" (Bunpoudou Gallery/Tokyo)
  Straight grass" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2009 "Group Show Ⅰ" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tokyo National University Prints Collection" (EYE OF GYRE/Tokyo)
2008 UTM "Tradition and the present age" (Asakusa Public Hall/Tokyo) 
  "umsteigen" (Austrian Embassy/Tokyo)
  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tokyo Wonder Wall 2008" (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/Tokyo)
2007 UTM "Tradition and the present age" (Sakamoto elementary school/Tokyo)
  "CROSS BORDERS" (Silpakorn University/Thailand)
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection, Tokyo University Art Museum,Tokyo University of the Art, Minamishimabara City
2017 Grant for overseas training, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
2014 Excellence Award of Terrada Art Award
2012 The 6th Shuou Fund Scholarship Award
2010 HOLBEIN Scholarship
2008 Tokyo Wonder Wall, Selected
  Tokyo Wonder Seeds, Selected


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