Back to Square One

Group Show

  • Fri, Oct 25 - Thu, Oct 31 2019
    Closed on weekends
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Opening Reception
    Fri, Oct 25, 19:00–21:30
  • Free entrance

UltraSuperNew Gallery in Harajuku presents “Back to Square One,” an artist group show eyeing the right and wrong angles of the perfect parallelogram. 

Every year, the gallery challenges artists to ponder an incredibly vague, yet oddly specific subject, and from Friday, October 25th until October 31st, it’s the square. 

This exhibition features 12 artists who will consider the square’s many definitions, and what resonates with them the most. 

The square is a shape commonly known to be plain with four equal straight sides and four right angles, but nothing about the concept is so ordinary. The USN artists thought outside the box – literally, experimenting with various mediums, such as delicate paintings, surrealist illustrations, architectural designs, and unconventional digital creations. 

From October 25th through October 31st, it’s hip to be square at UltraSuperNew Gallery. Join us during the week or come to the “Back to Square One” opening night reception on October 25th from 19:00. 

Participating artists:

Archibald Blondinet, Hanna Brieven, Julien Henrotte, Naomi Hirano, Jin Itomi, Ozy Kozy, Leonard Le, Tatsuo Morikawa, Cheryl Mui, Kelly Nguyen, Malo Yamakado and Gabriela Zumbado

Artist Profiles

These creatives collectively make up “Back to Square One.”

Archibald Blondinet

Archibald Blondinet, the result of an immaculate conception, is a disgruntled surrealist writer and illustrator with a multi-faceted split personality known by most ventriloquists for tormenting the sensical part of the brain with the whimsical precision of an epileptic mongoose hopping from tree to tree.

Hanna B

Tokyo based belgian.

Julien Henrotte

Julien Henrotte is a Belgian digital nomad living in Tokyo who likes to build installations to see people’s emotions.

Naomi Hirano

Naomi Hirano is a Japanese/Malaysian creative based in Tokyo, Japan.
Her studio focuses on multidisciplinary work in the fields of art, culture, architecture, and design.

Jin Itomi

Hello, I am JIN. Juicy JIN, but a well ripened Art Director.

Oguzcan Kaganoguzbeyoglu

Ozy Kozy (Oguzcan Kaganoguzbeyoglu) is a Turkish creative based in who knows where. His work blends various mediums together and mocks the mortal, materialistic values constructed by us humans.

Leonard Le

Tokyo based American strategic planner.

Cheryl Mui

Cheryl Mui is a doodling individual who moved to Tokyo four years ago to make something of herself while drawing faces on lemons in her free time. She writes, illustrates and takes photos trying to be a creative hyphenate who just wants her images and ideas to be seen in the simplest of ways.

Tatsuo Morikawa 

Born in Mie Prefecture in 1979.
After graduating from university, Morikawa worked on making furniture using traditional Japanese techniques.
At his new company, he worked for a major Italian furniture manufacturer, and after he became independent in 2011, he started to manufacture highly specialized items such as audio equipment and Buddhist altars.

Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Ann Nguyen is an illustrator/designer from Toronto, Canada. Perpetually feeling dazed and confused, most of her work reflects on the release of mindlessness. Her main inspiration comes from the feeling of waves through music, motion, and water. Recently her work comprises of abstract shapes and along with hand and floral elements.

Gabriela Zumbado

Illustrator and fashion designer made in San José, Costa Rica in 1996. She draws on papers, walls, and clothes since she was about this high.

Sara Giusto

Sara Giusto works with drawings, wall art, film work, and photography. Her main subjects are people, especially those closest to her.