MADARA MANJI MADARA MANJI

MADARA MANJI

MADARA MANJI
MADARA MANJI

Madara Manji was born in Tokyo in 1988. To learn toreutic techniques for the foundation of his further works, he moved to Kyoto after graduating from high school and worked as an apprentice under a toreutic master. After years, he aspired to become an artist in developing the foundation in various metal-processing skills and continues to self-learn and present artwork.


Madara Manji creates simple and modern sculpture through mastering Mokume-gane, a traditional Japanese toreutic technique. The development of Mokume-gane began c.400 years ago in the early Edo period. Layers of different metals were stacked together to create exquisite patterns that were decorated on Samurai swords, to symbolize beauty and power. As the Samurai culture faded, the procedure-heavy and time-consuming “Mokume-gane” nearly disappeared, that was until the recent collections and studies conducted by international art museums brought the technique back onto the world stage. Above all, Madara Manji is a pioneer in first adopting the traditional craft as a method to create.


Living with an austere life, Madara Manji uses the simplest tools to repetitively hammer various non-ferrous metal materials like gold, silver, copper, brass, etc. Similar to our inner thoughts, the creation that took a long period to form are not entirely compatible, but display beautiful patterns. The incompatible thoughts and feelings simultaneously collide and counteract, at the same time, thrive and advance on the verge of extremes. Such absurdities and transcendences are not confined to the intra-personal but coincide between oneself, one another, and even with the society as a whole. This is the extant virtue of human survival.


The “Uncovered Cube” series may appear similar in shape and size, but there are, in fact, subtle discrepancies. The artist uses the “Cube” to manifest different silhouettes of human nature. He adopts an artistic direction to investigate humanity and the essence of materials from three-dimensional extension to plane. Over the constantly identical forging process of Mokume-gane, he then probes the limitation on integrations and coexistences of multimedia, projects his reverse studies of distinct humanities, and accumulates into a personal observation notebook packed with contradictions and recurred hearing in himself of humankind.

ARTWORKS

IMAGES

“ACCUMULATION” installation image, Taipei, 2020
“ACCUMULATION” installation image, Taipei, 2020
“ACCUMULATION” installation image, Taipei, 2020
“ACCUMULATION” installation image, Taipei, 2020
“MASS” installation image, Ginza New Gallery, 2020
“MASS” installation image, Ginza New Gallery, 2020
“MASS” installation image, Ginza New Gallery, 2020
“MASS” installation image, Ginza New Gallery, 2020
“MASS” installation image, Ginza New Gallery, 2020
“VORTEX” installation image, Karuizawa, 2020
“VORTEX” installation image, Karuizawa, 2020
“VORTEX” installation image, Karuizawa, 2020

VIDEOS

VORTEX

" VORTEX " - behind the scenes

MASS

EXPLOSION

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS

MADARA MANJI:CORE
Online Exhibition
November 13, 2021

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

SOLO EXHIBITION

2020
MASS / Whitestone Ginza New Gallery
ACCUMULATION / Whitestone Gallery Taipei
VORTEX / Whitestone Gallery KARUIZAWA
2017
Antagonism and Transcendence:Whitestone Gallery KARUIZAWA

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2019
Neo-Materialism / Whitestone Ginza New Gallery
2018
HEBIME MADARAMANJI : Archetype / Whitestone Gallery KARUIZAWA
2017
INTERMIXTURE / Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong Hollywood Road

 

ART FAIR

2021
Art Fair Tokyo 2021 / YOD Gallery
2020
art TNZ / YOD Gallery
2019
KUNST RAI 2019 / YOD Gallery
2018
VOLTA 14 / YOD Gallery
2017
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2017 / Whitestone Gallery KARUIZAWA
ART NAGOYA 2017 / Whitestone Gallery KARUIZAWA

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