Mihoko Ogaki: Defining Moment

10 May 2018 – 16 Jun 2018

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Tokyo, Japan


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  • Marunouchi Line
  • Shinjuku-Sanchome Station

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We will present three new works from the Milky Way, a series of human sculptures projecting galaxy-like light, which Ogaki continues to create with the theme of life, death, and rebirth.


Ogaki’s work quietly but strongly speaks beyond the boundaries of nationality and age, about fundamental wonders of 'Life and Death'.

When stepping into the space lit with uncountable stars emitting from the Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) sculptures, one goes astray into a different dimension, apart from the flow of time, losing ones words, embraced in 'the galaxy of life and death.'

Life and death comes and goes, as we are reminded of the galactic cycle of nature humanity is in, and gradually sinks our thoughts into the depth of the hope of life.

Shown in this exhibition are her new approaches in intimately modeling a friend’s newborn child and a young man, as well as an old woman sitting on a wooden antique chair. 

Mihoko Ogaki
Born 1973 in Toyama prefecture. Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts with a major in oil painting in 1995. Graduated from the German National Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2004. In 2010, she moved to Tokyo. Has shown internationally, including Düsseldorf, New York, Kyoto, and Tokyo. In 2003, she received the audience award at the 57th Bergische Kunstausstellung at Museum Baden in Nordrhein Westfalen. Her works are owned by many individual collectors worldwide.

Following this exhibition, she is scheduled to have solo shows in Germany and Spain during 2018. Her works have been acquired by many individual collectors in Japan and abroad.

Ogaki works on themes of 'life' and 'death' through sculptures, installations, and drawings, expressing death and age with dynamic and imposing techniques. The Milky Way series is created so that light shines through numerous holes drilled on the surface of a human sculpture. Dismantling a Mercedes-Benz and decorating its parts with countless beads, before the beginning - after the end is displayed in a way in which the viewer lays down as a 'corpse' in a palace-type hearse once used in Japan. The Star Tale series is a confirmation of the reality of feeling alive, along with Memento mori - the reflection of mortality.

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