Opening October 23, “A Room in The Room” is an exhibition by Ryu Itadani, the artist whose vibrant work decorates INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO in various ways, featuring art that gradually appears around a space.
Created over the course of daily additions to the Garage space on the ground floor of INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO, Itadani will imagine the different lifestyles of users and make a space inspired by them.
“In this ‘room,’ there is no owner,” Itadani explains. “But there are lots of things: old things, new things, Eastern things, Western things, expensive things, cheap things, breathing things, non-breathing things. From the many things in this room where different elements so dynamically intersect, I hope to bring out an image of the owner.”
Think of your ideal kind of room or imagine the owner of this one, which expresses a sense of family, the care taken with choosing each and every object, and a love for cars. Look for the intricate way Itadani brings the space to life, including the women’s coats and kids’ toys depicted on the walls, or the pictures based on famous interior designs.
Known for his fine artisanal touch and sharp eye for everyday comfort and warmth, this is Itadani’s first attempt at a live work-in-progress drawing on three-dimensional objects. Visit INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO to meet and interact with Itadani while he creates the exhibit, and savor the anticipation of how the art will change as he continues work on it.
After the planned completion of the art on November 3, guests can enjoy the Café space transformed by Itadani’s drawings.
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 23–Monday, November 16, 2020
Born in 1974 in Osaka, Ryu Itadani has lived in Toronto, Tokyo, and London, and is currently based in Berlin.
1999: Graduated from the Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University
2003: Graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
2010–11: Stayed in Berlin on a grant from the Pola Art Foundation
The main subjects of his work are landscapes and individual objects, inspired by the cities where he lives or visits. Freeing these motifs from their original locations overshadowed by larger elements, he rearranges them in playful and colorful ways. In his work, the viewer might find the plants that caught the artist’s eye, the flowers that once decorated a table, favorite stationery items, or simply the familiar items we use on an everyday basis. Alongside exhibiting at solo and group shows or art fairs at both home and abroad, Itadani also undertakes many commissions for newspapers, magazines, and advertising.
At INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO, he handled the LEXUS CITY artwork and the brand book.