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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy’

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

Featuring works of contemporary calligrapher Koji Kakinuma, this exhibition focuses on shodō (japanese calligraphy) style, showcasing the artist’s modern twist on the classic art form.

Koji is well known for his strong reverence for traditional Japanese calligraphy, but it is his unique modern aesthetic that makes him one of the most cutting-edge shodō artists today. One of the key themes of this exhibition is how art is related to time and space. For conventional painting, an artist often returns to a work to revise it. Shodō , however, allows for one attempt only — the instantaneous motion of the brush as it paints and completes a character in just a few seconds. Koji attempts to convey through his work this concept of an “Eternal Now,” and the relationship between an artist’s mental state and physical capability; Nov. 23- March 2.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Kanazawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 076-220-2800; www.kanazawa21.jp