© 2019 Noritaka Tatehana K.K. / Courtesy Kosaku Kanechika / Photography: Gion

Noritaka Tatehana initially  gained the global limelight as a shoe designer, and an extravagant one at that, creating several heel-less models for none other than pop chanteuse Lady Gaga. The current Woodcuts exhibition at Kosaku Kanechika gallery in Tokyo sheds light on a different side of Tatehana’s creative output. Inspired by the original Japanese incense culture in the Edo period and motifs from the Japanese literature classic Tale of Genji, Tatehana transforms historic elements into contemporary expressions, captured by 22 new paintings, all specially for the show, and both wall-mounted and floor-based configurations of red lacquered objects, and a number of acrylic sculptures which take cues from French philosopher Roland Barthes‘ book Empire of Signs. An additional section showcases a series of Tatahana’s aforementioned heel-less shoe designs (on through Oct 12).

Kosaku Kanechika
Terrada Art Complex, 1-33-10 Higashi Shinagawa, Fifth Floor (Shinagawa)
Tokyo 140-0002
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© 2019 Noritaka Tatehana K.K. / Courtesy Kosaku Kanechika / Photography: Gion