Takuma Kamine: Myo-o in the Shell
Interpretations of Buddhist Sculpture
curated by Michael VanHartingsveldt and Ayako Yoshida
February 7, 2019 - March 9, 2019
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)
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When Takuma Kamine first encountered the images of Buddhist guardian deities as a child, he was filled with awe and fear. As a working artist now, Kamine has crystallized those initial emotions into figures which borrow elements from Japanese animation and comics. They are not devotional pieces, nor are they facsimiles of extant Buddhist iconography; rather, Kamine’s exhaustive studies of Buddhist scriptures and fascination with robotic protectors, such as gundams, informed these deeply personal iterations.
The exhibition will feature a selection of Kamine’s sculptures including representations of the Five Great Wisdom Kings (J: Godai Myo-o) and of his drawings which include the Five and add three more to round out the Eight Great Wisdom Kings (J: Hachidai Myo-o) grouping.
- Michael VanHartingsveldt
This exhibition will be on view at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, from February 7 to March 9, 2019, with a pre-opening reception, an artist talk with the curator on February 6. This event is open to the public.
Born in Osaka and now active in Tokyo, Takuma Kamine graduated with a BA of Fine Arts from the Painting Department at Tokyo Zokei University. He currently holds a position there as a part-time instructor of Fine Art.
Kamine has shown his art in solo exhibitions across Japan and in group exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. His art practices garnered him the Hirake Goma! Vol. 2 Birth Art Associate Award in 2004 and the 4th MOVE Art Management Jury Prize in 2006.
Pre-opening event is sponsored by Nanbu Bijin and Asahara Brewery