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“ Now on the road ” 2023.4.29(sat) - 5.7(sun)

Now on the road

We are pleased to announce the exhibition "Now on the road" by kanji Hasegawa.

Hasegawa's work is influenced by punk rock and beat culture. Zen and Buddhist philosophy and spirituality are also important motifs in his work. This exhibition will feature two-dimensional works, silkscreen prints of drawings for sculptures, which are in the process of creation and being exhibited for the first time, as well as new sculptures.

In some religions, statues and paintings created as representations of God are worshipped as symbols. Idols, which have been the object of worship in every age and region, are often made in a way that people of that time and place find beautiful. Religion and art are closely related, to the extent that the history of idol worship, including the objects that are perceived as beautiful, can be said to be the history of art. While various idols have been created over the long history of art, what do idols mean to people today?

Hasegawa follows the methods and ways of making Buddhist artifacts and statues, replacing them with his own influences. Everyone has seen the plants that are the motifs of his works and the items that are representative of the culture he himself has followed. His works, in which familiar objects are tailored to resemble sacred objects, are bewildering in their gap between the two, while at the same time attracting us with their beauty. However, the interpretation of a work of art can be quite different depending on the country, generation, and environment in which one was born and raised.

In contemporary Japan, especially among the younger generation, I feel that few people adhere to a particular religion. One of the reasons for this can be attributed to the development of a global view of things due to the spread of the Internet. The ability to see things from multiple perspectives has brought to light the gradation of different ways of perceiving things, and the respect for individual values and ideas has led to a belief in different things for different people. His works question the notions and values inherent in culture and society, but they are also idols to him, born of the culture he respects.

It seems to me that a wide variety of unique interpretations and standards have emerged today. Especially among Japanese people, the belief in 8 million gods has been passed down from generation to generation, and depending on how one perceives a work of art, a familiar object, or anything else, it may be an object of faith for some people. Therefore, it can be said that idols, in a sense, can be substituted for something personal to each person. What kind of interpretations will people in the future have of the various idols that will be handed down and bequeathed to them?

Kanji Hasegawa

Born in 1990. Lives and works in Mie Prefecture. After studying sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts, Hasegawa completed his graduate studies in sculpture at the same university in 2016. In the same year, he trained at Eiheiji Temple, the head temple of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, and became a Buddhist monk.

Major solo exhibitions include "My Sútra" (KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY, Tokyo) in 2019. Group exhibitions include "AS SEEN BY" (BA-TSU Gallery, Tokyo, Japan) in 2022 and "TEMPRA" (Sokyo Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal) in the same year. He was selected as a finalist for "sanwacompany Art Award / Art in The House 2019".

His work is currently on display in "Leaping Creators" at Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan, from March 9 to June 4, 2023.


この度、長谷川 寛示の展覧会「Now on the road」を開催致します。






長谷川寛示 | Kanji Hasegawa


主な個展に2019年、「My Sútra」(KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY、東京)など。またグループ展に2022年、「AS SEEN BY」(BA-TSU Gallery、東京)、同年、「TEMPRA/テンプラ」(Sokyo Lisbon、リスボン)などがある。「sanwacompany Art Award / Art in The House 2019」ファイナリスト選出。



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