Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) has been running programs to support and nurture young and up-and-coming artists since it was established in 2001.
Its "Emerging" exhibition, previously known as "TWS-Emerging," is a showcase of works selected in collaboration with Tokyo Wonder Wall (TWW), an annual open-call art competition and exhibition.
This year, TOKAS has chosen six artists from the successful applicants of the TWW exhibitions from 2013 to 2016. Divided into two showings, part one (July 14-Aug. 12) features paintings by Mami Chihara, installation work by Soji Shimizu and illustrative pieces by Yukiko Nakano; while part two (Aug. 25-Sept. 24) will feature sculptures by Sonomi Hori and Naoya Hirata, and paintings by Eri Fukuda.
With all artists drawing from varied inspirations — including the linguistic concept of "doublethink" from George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" (Soji Shimizu), the slow mutations in a kernel of corn as it pops (Mami Chihara) and everyday life (Yukiko Nakano) — the exhibition celebrates the diversity of new contemporary visual art in Japan. (Yukari Tanaka)