Katsutoshi Yuasa: Trace of Time in Thought
14 March - 28 April
Tokyo based artist Katsutoshi Yuasa creates haunting, evocative woodcut prints that begin their life as digital photographs. Speaking about his work, Yuasa says:
'Woodcut print, namely the Mokuhanga, is recognized as one of the traditional arts in Japan as well as being known as the oldest technique of printmaking. My woodcut print is very different from conventional prints even though I use traditional tools and technique for producing works. Using photography and digital technology, I spent a lot of time on the hand carving process before printing. My work expresses the signs left by time spent in thought, seemingly running counter to time and era, and I would like to convey the gravity of what is being lost today with a visceral impact similar to pain.'
Katsutoshi Yuasa (b. 1978, Tokyo, Japan) studied Royal College of Art, London UK (2005). Recent Solo exhibitions: Carving while thinking. Thinking while carving./ MITSUKOSHI Nihonbashi, Tokyo JP (2017), MEMORY OF THE PAST AND PRESENT/ Ying Gallery, Beijing (2017), Colours/Numbers / Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo (2016), ALL IS VANITY / Artify Gallery, Hong Kong (2015), Illuminate:Woodcuts by KATSUTOSHI YUASA/ Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas (2015), LIGHT ITSELF/ Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang (2015)
Select group shows include: Karin Sander: ZEIGEN. Eine Audiotour durch die Sammlung der GfZK Leipzig, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2017), The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition/ Mall Galeries, London (2016), Surface Cutting - A series of Exhibition from Art Sales at the Royal Academy/ Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016), International Exhibition of Contemporary Print UOG 2016/ ISLA Center for the Arts, Guam (2016)