Drawing Tube vol-02


Zon Ito, Hiraku Suzuki Drawing and Talk “drawing a book”


place: TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR  http://tokyoartbookfair.com/event/6597/

date: September 17 (Sat) 2016,  16:30 – 18:00

presenter: Zon Ito (artist), Hiraku Suzuki (artist)

entrance fee: 1,000yen (capable of seating 80)

ticket reservation: http://ptix.co/2c371wd


Zon Ito is known for his stitch works that seem to illustrate fragmented lines that represent the memories and history of animals, plants, and natural light, which he uses as motifs for his work. Hiraku Suzuki is an artist who continues to expand the field of drawing with works that incorporate fragments of signs that can regularly be found in the city. The two artists had shared the same atelier during their attendance for the residence program of the International Drawing Triennale that was held in Poland in December last year and had occasionally discussed various topics outside their production work time. For this session, the two artists, both of whom have a unique approach in drawing lines, will simultaneously perform drawings while interacting with one another. Their lines will be projected in real time onto a screen that is split to the left and right, creating an imaginary book throughout this session.

Zon Ito

Zon Ito was born in 1971 in Osaka. He graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1996 and currently lives and works in Kyoto. He held a solo exhibition “The End of the Neighborhood”, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 2003. His work has been featured in multiple international exhibitions including; “Ways of Worldmaking”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011); “Primary Field II”, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama (2010); “Louisa Bufardeci & Zon Ito”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); “When Lives Become Form: Dialogue with The Future Brazil / Japan”, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo (2008). His works are included in the permanent collections of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa; and The National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Hiraku Suzuki

Hiraku Suzuki was born in 1978 in Miyagi, Japan. He obtained MFA at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo amd Currently lives works in Tokyo. Focusing on the act of drawing, Hiraku Suzuki’s practice encompasses a large variety of media, including two-dimensional works, installations, murals, video, performance, and sculpture.
Recent solo exhibitions have included those held at ACAC (Aomori, 2015); Daiwa Foundation (London, 2013); Wimbledon Space (London, 2011); Galerie du Jour (Paris, 2010).  Group exhibitions include; “Very Addictive” at Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (Yinchuan, China) “Vancouver Biennale” (Canada, 2014); “Nissan Art Award” (Yokohama, 2013);  “Son et Lumière, et sagesse profonde” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa, 2013); and “Roppongi Crossing” Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2010). He has also been taking part in interdisciplinary projects that involve sound, architecture, and fashion such as his collaborations with Agnes b. and Rei Kawakubo (COMME des GARÇONS).

Drawing Tube vol-01


Hiraku Suzuki Drawing Performance, Guest: Gozo Yoshimasu


Yamagata Biennale 2016 “Yamabiko (Echo)” https://biennale.tuad.ac.jp/
place: Tōhoku University of Art & Design 
date: September 4 (Sun) 2016,  14:30 – 16:00


The first event of Hiraku Suzuki’s new project, “Drawing Tube”, welcomes guest poet Gozo Yoshimasu. The two artists will undertake an improvised  performance with a theme that casts them into a search for the essence that lies between “Writing” and “Drawing”. The artists will interact (communicate) with each other to perform on a 60m long rolled paper spread out on the floor of the venue. These “traces” will be kept after the performance as a permanent exhibit during the Yamagata Biennale. What discoveries will we encounter through the performance between two artists that are dedicated in pursuing the possibilities between “Writing and Drawing”?

GUEST: Gozo Yoshimasu 

Gōzō Yoshimasu (吉増 剛造) (born 1939, Tokyo) is a prolific and highly acclaimed Japanese poet, photographer, artist and filmmaker active since the 1960s. He has received a number of literary and cultural awards, including the Takami Jun Prize (1971), the Rekitei Prize, the Purple Ribbon Medal in 2003 (given by the Government of Japan), the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry (2009),[2] and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays in 2013. Major influences include Shinobu Orikuchi, Paul Klee, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, William Blake, John Cage, Patrick Chamoiseau.[1] Many of his poems are multilingual, blending elements of French, English, Chinese, Korean, Gaelic, and more, and feature cross-linguistic and typographic wordplay. His poems rely on intimate experiences with geography and history, layering encounters in the present with a keen awareness of the past. His performances which often include film, the display of fetish objects, chanting, ritual procedures, and the collaboration of musicians and other artists, are legendary.
In a 2014 interview by Aki Onda on the MoMA blog “Post,” Yoshimasu described the relationship of his poetry to performance by remarking, “My quest is to reclaim the poetry that lies at the root of performing arts.”  His visual art has been gaining increased recognition, with the Japan Art Academy awarding him the Imperial Prize and the Japan Art Academy Prize in 2015.

Drawing Tube vol.00

place: Shimauma (Nishi Azabu 3-1-25/ 303, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan)
date: August 19 (Fri) 2016,  19:30 – 22:00
fee: 2,000yen (capable of seating 25)   Sold Out

ticket reservation: http://salon.shima-uma.co.jp/events/drawing-tube/


Presenter: Hiraku Suzuki (Aritst)
Guest: Kyohei Sakaguchi (Writer, Architect, Musician, Painter, PM of the new government, Activist for eradication of suicide)


Launch event for “Drawing Tube”, a new project by Hiraku Suzuki, an artist who continues to expand the field of drawing, active both domestically and internationally. As a guest artist and speaker, Kyohei Sakaguchi will join Suzuki in a drawing + talk session. Imagine what sorts of traces will be engraved in our minds when exposed to the new language generated through exchanges between the two artists’ work of “Image vs Text”.

GUEST: Sakuguchi Kyohei



Kyohei Sakaguchi (坂口 恭平, born 13 April 1978) is a Japanese artist and architect who was born in Kumamoto. He graduated from Waseda University’s department of architecture in 2001. He is most known for his Zero Yen Project, which involves studying structures built at no cost, such as shanties made by the homeless.