Japanese Contemporary Photography
Seiju Toda: "HEIAN"
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Inspired by performance art and by the power of subtraction to find absolute beauty, Seiju Toda created a series of 33 compositions called Heian, a term meaning peace and serenity. In a meticulous process that took several years, Toda both assembled the pieces using plain wood and living creatures - birds, fish, insects, reptiles - and photographed them with careful consideration for the natural elements. The result is work of art unto itself; designed by the artist, printed on beautiful paper, intriguing, amusing, tranquil, pure. Seiju Toda, a leading art director and graphic designer in Japan, is a recognized artist with more than 20 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Japan.
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Born 1948, Toyama, Japan
1965 Performance Dedicated to John Cage, Mukai High School.
1966 Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, Sakai City, Osaka.
1969 Three-man Exhibition "Baby Exhibition" ( Aka-chan Ten), Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo.
"Record Exhibition", PARCO Department Store, Tokyo.
Performance in Front of the Fukui Prefectural Office.
1974 "Image 74 Group Exhibition," Okabe Gallery, Tokyo.
Solo Exhibition, Muramatsu Gallery.
"The Eye of the Canvas and Light", Muramatsu gallery, Tokyo.
1975 100 Artist Contemporary Block Print Exhibition.
Mainichi Contemporary Art Exhibition.
Tokyo International Exhibition.
1977 Miami International Block Print Biennial Exhibition.
1978 Solo Exhibition, Fuma Gallery, Tokyo.
1981 Hara Annual Invitational Exhibition, Hara Museum, Tokyo.
Solo Exhibition, Shirota Gallery, Tokyo.
1984 Norway International Block Print Biennial.
Humor in Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama.
Solo Exhibition, Luft Gallery, Tokyo.
1987 Installation of Issey Miyake Exhibition, Laforet Museum, Tokyo.
1992 Japanese Graphic Design Exhibition, Municipal Library of Berlin
Japanese Posters Exhibition, Museum for Gestaltung, Zurich.
1994 "The Artist's Camera: Photographs by Contemporary Artists" Exhibition,
Landmark Hall Yokohama, and Sogetsu Art Gallery, Tokyo.
1995 Solo Exhibition, "The Art of X-Ray Photography", The Chicago Athenaeum,
Museum of Architecture and Design.
2005 Solo Exhibition, "Heian", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.