Marefumi Komura Exhibition
This event has ended.
It is perhaps only too easy to place the work of Marefumi Komura at the very forefront of a genealogy of painting whose overwhelming sense of existence derives from just one part of its surface. His materials have a violence to them, and his choice of painting pigments seem to squirm like the suppressed desires of those who see them. His subjects have also been sublimated into another dimension, acquiring a certain vigor. These attributes of Komura's painting brilliantly reverse the long-believed notion that Japanese painting is pale before Western painting, giving viewers a sense of attainment and relief.
However, it should be noted that the arrival of Marefumi Komura on the scene seems to mark a return to a genealogy of painting that includes Shinro Otake and Tadanori Yokoo. What these three artists have in common is an extraordinary sensitivity and honesty in relation to the unconscious and latent desires of the masses, even as the Japanese art world at large finds the position they occupy rather uncomfortable.
For this exhibition, Komura has created that most popular of mass culture objects, the LP record. These records are constructed from selections of sound sources, posters, postcards and leaflets made during his high school days, all of which call to mind the aforementioned genealogy of artists. In addition, they invite the viewer to trace the origins of Komura's own oeuvre. In addition, a series of drawings will be exhibited for the first time in Japan (for which a separate exhibition is being planned). Finally, an original numbered cassette tape of new recorded sound sources will be given away to the first 100 visitors to the exhibition.
This exhibition allows viewers a nuanced appreciation of the nascent career of this new talent, and reasserts the act of viewing as a mystical experience.
From 2008-11-25 To 2008-12-20
Opening Reception on 2008-11-25 from 18:00