The course of true love never did run smooth

The course of true love never did run smooth



EUKARYOTE is pleased to announce Exhibition, “The course of true love never did run smooth”, through July 5th to July 28th.

This exhibition introduces the newest and more recent work of Hiroko Enomoto and Yang Bo, whose artistic expression is irreversibly fused with their respective backgrounds.

Hiroko Enomoto has continued to create installations which use a range of mediums, including drawings, written material photographs and video, of relationships which can’t be understood by seeing alone, and everyday hidden antagonisms, which have been documented through interactions with people close to her, such as her own family and friends.

Yang Bo was born in China and moved to Japan as a teenager, and against the complex interplay of this relocation of self, he creates lively, pinup-like oil paintings which while incorporating intuitive 2D words, also express his own yearnings, and impatience, towards borderless youth culture.

The title of this exhibition, ‘The Course of True Love Never did Run Smooth’, is a quote from a line that appears in William Shakespeare’s comedy play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This play includes the entry into the story of a fairy called Puck, and it is the existence and actions of this trickster which propel the events of the story.
The character of the trickster has a knack for defying the norms found in stories and legends, and a role to play in the development of such narratives. This character, whose personal existence came into being as a concept which is distinctive to fiction, plays a role which can be seen to be the origin of all phenomenons, such as in the instant that this character comes across someone and engenders an event which becomes a turning point for both natural disasters and eras. In this way we can see that we must face the stories which occur right in front of our eyes, and when they happen we must accept them for what they are and through our own personal perspectives keep slowly moving forward, no matter how distorted the path has become, towards the future. Hiroko Enomoto and Yang Bo have completely different backgrounds, and are from different generations and genders, yet they demonstrate the strength to resist everyday landscapes and sceneries as parties in their own small stories. We hope you will come and see this extraordinary exhibition.



Opening Reception





Yosiyasu Saito

Hiroko Enomoto

born in Gunma, Japan in 1986.
2011 Joshibi University of Art and Design, M.F.A., Painting

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 “A new morning has come” ya-gins(Gunma)
2013 “Do not want to talk,Studying English,hang out Futon” Koganei Art Spot chateau2F(Tokyo)
2011 “yama himu anu” Joshibi Art Center(Kanagawa)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 “private/collective” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery(Kanagawa)
“Contemporary Art in Gunma 2017–Where contemporary art belongs in the community” The Museum of Modern Art,Gunma
2016 “everyday fiction” AKiBA TAMABi21(Tokyo)
“NOVA IN JOSHIBI”Joshibi Art Museum(Tokyo)
“Contemporary Sign・Reborn” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
2015 “November Exhibition Hiroko Enomoto×Akira Rachi” DESK/okumura(Tokyo)
“Optional Art Activity: summer school” Take Ninagawa(Tokyo)
“HOTEL CAMP/dreamers” blanClass(Kanagawa)
“Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2015” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma

Young Bo

born in Hubei, China in 1991.
moved to Miyagi,Japan
2019 Tokyo University of the Arts, M.F.A., Painting

Solo Exhibitions
2018 “Heart of glass” CAPSULE(Tokyo)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 “preview” EUKARYOTE(Tokyo)
2017 “GINZA 24H SQUAD” GINZA MATSUZAKI building(Tokyo)
“young artist exhibition” SEZON ART GALLERY(Tokyo)
2016 “Collapse Eve” The Former Toshima Ward Office(Tokyo)
“POOL MUG” Sakuradai POOL(Tokyo)


EUKARYOTE is an art space which has been established in Jingumae, Tokyo, in 2018. Within the concept of something more than an occurrence of art, there is an ever spinning contemporary coin of tangibility and intangibility, and it is this essence, this universal value held by artworks and artists, which is actively accepted but left behind.