Soichi Yamaguchi solo exhibition「dimensions」

Soichi Yamaguchi solo exhibition「dimensions」



Yamaguchi has been producing art paintings that have an origin point in optical illusionary experiences that left a strong impression on him as a child. In 2006, while enrolled in the Tokyo University of Arts, he won the Hiromiyoshii and Gold awards in GEISAI # 9, and in 2008 he participated in the Moscow Biennale, since then he has also exhibited his work in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has continued to garner interest from art lovers in Japan and abroad with his vivid optical style and his power to depict an original sense of color.
His solo exhibition last year included montage (beauty cyborg), an ironic take on today’s superficial culture, and Cubic Cubism, which interwove his love and affection for cubism with his own second thoughts about it. He has developed from a 2D world that was suggestive of the beginning of a Rorschach test, and while he has taken in a motif of familiar icons such as anime characters and painting masterpieces, he shows us a developing enticement to the space between 2 and 3 dimensions with his ingenious on-screen fictions.

In amusement parks, etc., there are sometimes giant mazes; however for the people watching from nearby elevated seating and the people actually in the maze, what they see is completely different despite it being the same maze. While the people in the giant maze are experiencing a 2D world, the people who are looking upon it see it as a 3D structure. The degree of difficulty, depending on the different dimensions and the goal of the maze, can vary to a large extent.
When we look at something, if it is familiar, even if it changes in how it has been dimensionally captured, we understand it as being normal and feel it is fresh, but we feel it is fun if it becomes unfamiliar although it provokes a sense of discomfort in us, and it is in this way that he is exploring ways of apprehending and seeing things based on his keyword of dimensions.

His quest does not stop within the canvas, and he is now tackling three‐dimensional works and relief-like supporting mediums. His work, which for this exhibition for the first time incorporates painted pottery, features this same pottery crushed into a flat surface and then reconstructed and recombined into something like developmental charts. From a flat surface they become three dimensional shapes, and from repeated complex experiments the different dimensions go back and forth to that flat surface as he searches for a new perception with pure query set against a backdrop of visually recognizable things. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to see the wonderful work of Soichi Yamaguchi, who brings together the glamor of colorful pop with a depth that touches on uncomfortable.

Opening reception

2018.3.2 (Fri) 18:00-20:00

Artist schedule



Soichi Yamaguchi
Born in 1983 in Chiba Prefecture. In 2010 he graduated from the Tokyo National University of the Arts Graduate School. He won the Gold and Hiromiyoshii prizes at GEISAI # 9 in 2006, while he was still studying at university. He has participated in, and exhibited at venues in Japan and abroad, such as the 2008 Moscow Biennale and the Hong Kong Art Fair. His work originates in things, captured visually, that he has personal experience of as unstable, changing, optical illusions. He mesmerizes viewers with vivid, brilliant colors and his mechanism of pop motifs that come and go in a 2D and 3D space, in this way he shakes and jolts our visual senses.


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.