Satoshi Someya
Scenery destination Beyond the Scene

Date: December 18, 2022 (Sun) - February 12, 2023 (Sun)
Venue: Gallery 9.5 NAHA, Hotel Anteroom Naha (3-27-11 Maejima, Naha City, Okinawa

Gallery 9.5 NAHA, a gallery space in Hotel Anteroom Naha, is holding an exhibition, "Beyond the Scene" by Satoshi Someya, a Kyoto-based lacquer artist, from December 18, 2022 (Sun) to February 12, 2023 (Sun). The exhibition is held in a gallery space with a view of the sea, allowing visitors to appreciate the changing emotions of the past, present, and future.
Satoshi Someya has been interpreting lacquer-related designs from his unique perspective and developing them into artworks.
The starting point for this exhibition is "Sansui Rokaku Jinbutsu Tsuikinwan," a piece of lacquerware owned by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum.
This large bowl, with a continental-style pattern copied using a technique unique to Okinawa, was also the lacquerware used as the motif for the 3¢ Ryukyu stamps during the U.S. military government.

If decoration functions as "reading material," it naturally has a place to be applied. But, unfortunately, the landscape of patterns may be drifting more by destination and eye than by historical fact.
This exhibition comprises new works using seascapes from Gallery 9.5 NAHA, a reworking of the Okinawa series, and the "Mishiki" series. A landscape of a single pattern drifts between the public and the personal, between “the here and the there.”

exhibition hall


  • Satoshi Someya


    Born in Tokyo, in 1983, he graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with a doctorate in fine arts in 2014. Through lacquer, a material closely associated with people since ancient times, he examines the role and function of decoration today. Recent exhibitions include "Power of Root" (Osaka Nihon Mingeikan, 2021), "Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 Special Edition" (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, 2020), and "DISPLAY" (MITSUKOSHI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, 2020). 2015 Kyoto City New Artist Award winner.

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