Whitestone Gallery

Etsu Egami

Aug 5 – 24
Opening: Thursday, Aug 5, 4–7pm

Etsu Egami. Courtesy Whitestone Gallery.

The gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by the Japanese artist Etsu Egami. Ichigo Ichie, is the title of Egami’s colorful works, loosely translated from a spiritual dictum to accept the transience of life to the more colloquial Once in a Lifetime. In Japanese, this phrase is as deep as Zen Buddhism, elevating appreciation of the fleeting moment to the ideal approach to life. In English, Once in A Lifetime is the theme of a rock band’s anthem, as singer David Byrne of Talking Heads repeatedly asks, “Is this not my beautiful house?  Is this not my beautiful wife?  How did I get here?” The difference between the tone of each language is a perfect example of the mistranslation, miscommunication and misunderstanding that Egami has been exploring since school, or perhaps throughout her life.

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Philip Colbert / Review / July 18, 2019

Founded in the heart of Tokyo in 1967, Whitestone Gallery has been one of a small number of pioneering galleries in Japan. Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong is the first overseas operation of the gallery. With an extensive survey on East Asian post-war period artists and art movements, the gallery hopes to create a new dialogue between contemporary and modern art in Asia, and add more diversity to the multicultural art scene in Hong Kong.

Represented artists
Shozo Shimamoto, Chiyu Uemae, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Yasuo Sumi, Shuji Mukai, Yuko Nasaka, Senji Hiroshi, Hebime, Yasuhiko Tsuchida, Yu Kawashima, Yuji Kanamaru, Tetsuo Mizu, Jiro Yoshihara, Atsuko Tanaka, Kazuo Shiraga, Yayoi Kusama, Toshio Ohi, Makoto Saito, Masataka Oyabu