Drawing Tube vol.03


Abdelkader Benchamma x Hiraku Suzuki (Drawing+Talk)


Date: November 12 (Sun) 2017, 14:00-16:00
Venue: Tokyo Arts and Space Residency
Address: Arts Kikukawa 1F, 2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0023
Tel: 03-5625-4433


Abdelkader Benchamma, one of the world’s leading artists in contemporary drawing scene will have an experimental dialogue “Drawing Tube” with Hiraku Suzuki who explores and seeks to expand the realm of drawing. Abdelkader Benchamma has shown his works at 54th Venice Biennale (2011), The Drawing Center (New York, 2015) and Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017).



Abdelkader Benchamma

Abdelkader Benchamma (born 1975, Mazamet) lives and works between Paris and Montpellier, and studied Fine art at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier and Paris. He imposes constraints upon his process to create delicately executed and dynamic drawings of states of matter. Events explode off the page and are animated by fusing graphic techniques from printing, engraving, landscape and scientific drawing. In his scenes he reveals the purity and intensity of lines to express powerful and ambiguous atmospheres, which probe notions of a stable reality. Benchamma uses these varied techniques and media to explore the constructed aspect of reality, inspired by cosmology, science fiction, existentialist theatre and literature. He has created in-situ wall drawings for Sharjah Biennial 13. The Drawing Centre in New York, Turbulences II at the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels and a group show at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. His works were included in Future of a Promise, a Pan Arab exhibition during the 54th Venice Biennale, Told / Untold / Retold at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, and Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture festival in Algeria. Recipient of the Paris-based The Drawing Now Prize, he was also nominated for the Le Meurice Prize in 2015. Benchamma’s works are housed in several collections such as the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, the Musée de Beaux Arts-Orleans and Artotheque de Pessac in France, among others.

The first publication of Drawing Tube is available now

『Drawing Tube vol.01 Archive』


Hiraku Suzuki Drawing Performance
Guest: Gozo Yoshimasu


– to draw, to write, to utter a voice, to make sound, and in between them –


Photograph: Ooki Jingu
Text: Kasetsu, Kento Takahashi and Hiraku Suzuki
Translation: Tadahiko Imada, Kenichi Eguchi
Editor: Yusuke Shono


Release date: 14th July, 2017
Size: 272mm×406mm / package size: 310mm×220mm
Spec: 80 pages, limited 500 copies
Published by Drawing Tube
Printed by: Asahi Printeck Inc.
ISBN 978-4-9909559-0-8
Price: ¥2,700 (including tax)


<Collectors Edition>
Box/The movie archive of the performance (USB Flash Drive), Drawing by Hiraku Suzuki on the box, certificate included.
Edition: 10 (A.P.3)
Price: ¥108,000 (including tax)
director: Tenshi Iwai
editor: Alice Taylor
cameraman: Yusaku Takeuchi, Alice Taylor, Hayato Kano
sound recording: Hikari Mutaguchi, Yusuke Hatakeyama, Senmei Kai
special thanks: Takahashi Collection, Yamagata Biennale, Tohoku University Of Art And Design


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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

Gozo Yoshimasu
born in Tokyo, 1939 . Since his debut with “出発 / Departure” in 1964 he continues to drive forward the cutting edge of contemporary poetry. His major poetry books include, “黄金詩篇 / Golden Collection of Poems”(1970), “オシリス、石ノ神 / Osiris, God of Stone”(1984), “花火の家の入り口で / At the entrance of the house of fireworks”(1995), “「雪の島」あるいは「エミリーの幽霊」 / ’Island of Snow’ or ‘Ghost of Emily’ ”(1998), “怪物君 / Kaibutsukun” (2016) and many more. He is a member of The Japan Art Academy, and received The Imperial Prize in 2015. Has been exhibiting, “Gozo Ciné” a series of film work, since 2006. Is known as a pioneer of poetry reading performance, and has performed in every region of Japan as well as places including France, Italy, the US, Brazil, Korea. In 2016 his retrospective exhibition “The Voice Between, The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo” was held.

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 (Artist)
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.