Takeshi Honda “Yukitsuki”

Dates|April 1 – 30, 2017
open hours|12:00-20:00 closed on Mondays[Tue. if the Mon. is a public holiday]
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Opening reception
Date|18:00, Saturday, April 1st
Venue|MEM (admission free)

The title of the exhibition, “Yukitsuki” has two meanings: Yuki (snow) and Tsuki (the moon). But when two words get together, there are several meanings coming up such as “Go and Arrive” and “Go and Settle down”. Honda traveled to Tono City in 1987 and decided to live in the area as he found the place very attractive. Tono City is famous for its folk tale collected and written by Kunio Yanagida in his “Tono Story(1910).” The subject of his work would come from his experience of hours of walking in the mountains in Tono. The images he came across in the mountains would be represented in large scale paintings by his meticulous skill with charcoal pencil.
Takeshi Honda was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1958. He lives and works in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. He was awarded Heizo Kanayama award in 1994. He won a scholarship from Agency for Cultural Affairs for Japanese Government Overseas Study Program and studied in New York, USA in 1999. In 1999, his works were exhibited in Drawing Center, NY, and Minneapolis Museum. In 2013, his work was presented in two persons exhibition in Iwate Museum of Art. In 2017, he held solo exhibition at Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum, Shizuoka.
His work is found in public collections including Iwate Museum of Art, The Japanese Ministry of Culture and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto.