Akira Fujimoto. © Akira Fujimoto, courtesy Kana Kawanishi Gallery.

“Mineralization” is the latest chapter of Akira Fujimoto’s marine debris series. Since 2019, the artist has addressed the problem of ocean plastics by looking at what accumulates on our coasts. Just beyond the beaches we visit to sun and swim are outcrops where the world’s plastics pile up. These products are made of fossil fuels containing biological remnants hundreds of millions of years old. Fujimoto goes to great lengths to collect them, carry them ashore, and heat press them into works of art. This solo exhibition represents the mineralization of an enormous amount of time and energy.



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Kana Kawanishi Gallery was founded in 2015 to showcase Japanese and international artists who explore aspects of society through visual media. The gallery is located in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, a five-minute walk from the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Its satellite space, Kana Kawanishi Photography, which focuses on contemporary photography, opened in 2018 in Nishi-Azabu, near the Mori Art Museum. Both spaces were designed by Yuko Nagayama & Associates.

Kana Kawanishi Gallery has placed works by its artists in major public collections, including the British Museum, London; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. The gallery also regularly participates in international art fairs, including NADA New York, photo basel, Photo London, and Unseen in Amsterdam. Kana Kawanishi Gallery was named a “power player” of the Tokyo art scene by Artnet News in 2022 and has previously been featured in stories in Artsy, the Asahi Shimbun, Bijutsu Techo, Blouin Artinfo, The Guardian, Forbes, Libération, and Monocle.

Kana Kawanishi Gallery. Photo by Nobutada Omote.