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Amongst the growing season of extreme warmth waves, hanabi festivals and seaside parties, it really is almost natural for all of us local Tokyoites to consider a spot to cool off from the energetic summer season hype. Made up of minimal representation of stability, stillness and meditation, Isao Sugiyama “Santuario” exhibition at Tokyo Gallery could be that sanctuary. An event that usually do not only calms your body and the mind, the exhibition also simultaneously portrays a less-seen design of art in today's trend: art without shock worth that emphasize on the calmness of senses instead of provocation. Sugiyama’s influences are both from his European design sculptural history and his Japanese root that drives his aesthetic feeling of simpleness and stillness. Graduated in 1977 from the sculpture division at Zokei University, he continuing his education at the Academy of Great Arts in Carrera, Italy. While living and employed in Milan and Carrera, Sugiyama exhibited both in solo and group exhibitions generally in European countries. “Santuario” marks Sugiyama’s solo exhibition in Tokyo first-time in 20 years. Sugiyama’s sculptures relatively closely resemble Greece’s well-known Meteora Monasteries in miniature, with a sprinkle of Asian twists. Sitting on representational cliffs, the house-like structures, while appears neutral in marble, can also be discovered with modern Japanese architectural aesthetics when done in wood closely, especially in their design of organized simplicity. The carved lines on the bottom marble in lots of of the sculptures also probably try to recreate Sugiyama’s own version of Japanese stone gardens, which besides being representational in its revolving circular style aesthetically, reenforce similar concepts of meditation and stillness also...