Shoichi Tsurukawa

Born in 1984 - Japan


Shoichi Tsurukawa was born in Tokyo in 1984.

He mainly uses the staining technique called "Tsutsu Gaki" to create his artworks. « Tsutsu » means « tube » and « kaku », « drawing ».

This technique is a process that involves complicated procedures. With the help of a conical shaped tube, a sort of paste is applied on the material, depending on the desired designs. The fabric is painted. Only the areas covered in paste will not be painted. Once the fabric is dried, the paste is removed with the help of steam. Shoichi Tsurukawa uses different colors and his artworks include many details. It takes a very long time; with the process he uses, to finish a piece.

He considers his artworks as his dreams, crushed to pieces by the brutal reality. "There is often a huge difference between my own expectations and the reality", he says. He experienced such thoughts as “It is not supposed to be like this”, or “it should have gone that way”.

His work tries to visually represent such a resentment, regret and bitterness.

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2007 Shoichi Tsurekawa Solo Exhibition (Gallery Ginza Forest Mini)
2007 Cloth Painting Exhibition(Gallery Ginza Forest)
2008 Estoy fuera de dolor y dolores (Gallery Ginza Forest)
2009 My Works (+Unopened) (Design Festa Gallery)
2009 Sand from Mars (Gallery Ginza Forest)
2010 DEVIL (KEY Gallery)
2010 A CLOSED PAIN 1999-2010 (Yamawaki Gallery)
2011 the BIRTH (Gallery Ginza Forest?Mini)
2012 Room 0 (Gallery Ginza Forest Mini)
2013 NOIR (Gallery Ginza Forest)
2014 NO?R (Gallery Ginza Forest)
2014 Roost of color (Mink projects in Amsterdam Nederland)
2014 Sky of Mud (GALLERY b.TOKYO)
2015 Twilight Dusk (GALLERY b.TOKYO)
2015 Brick of History (Yokohama Art University Gallery)

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