Chris Duncan "Playing Fields"
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Oakland-based artist Chris Duncan comes to Tokyo’s Nakaochiai Gallery to present his signature string installation and new paintings on paper and panel. Duncan’s site-specific string installation has been shown at numerous arts centers and galleries in the US, while his paintings will receive their first showing at Nakaochiai Gallery.
The show’s title, ‘Playing Fields’ reflects Duncan’s interest in the metaphorical playing field, the place where society finds itself embroiled in constant competition. Duncan says, ‘we are all scrambling to get ahead, climb the corporate ladder, rise to the top, but in the end we are all just a small piece to an indefinable puzzle, no one being any better or worse than another.’
Visitors who previously saw Duncan's work at Nakaochiai Gallery’s 2005 show ‘Realms of San Francisco’ will see a marked development in the artist’s style. The work on display at Playing Fields departs from his earlier representational imagery; rather, the abstract paintings and installation invite the viewer into the field itself.
There will be an opening reception with the artist on October 14 (Saturday), from 18:00 - 21:00 and the artist will also be at the gallery on October 15 (Sunday).
[Image: The playing field #3 (everything is everything or something: daylight disappointments), 2006. Marker, graphite, latex and enamel paint, ink, wood putty and varnish on paper.]
From 2006-10-15 To 2006-11-19
Oakland-based artist Chris Duncan is currently exhibiting at the Nakaochiai Gallery. His installation Creation Song is a powerful presence within the intimate gallery space, which has been painted black for the first time, with all outside light shut out.
The Nakaochiai gallery, housed in a former kakigori and okashiya shop (Japanese shaved ice desert and cake shop), is tucked away in a serene, beautiful residential area of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward.
Playing with energy
By Samantha Sinnayah
Special to The Japan Times
Here, that simplest of materials, common string, is turned into rays of light that radiate across the ceiling to the edges of the room, and fall from the center into a majestic pyramid. The gallery's newly painted black walls, along with the strings' gentle presence, create a sense of peace and tranquillity rather like deep space...