Keiichi Tanaami "Kannooon"


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Nanzuka Underground presents "Kannooon," a solo exhibition of a series of new sculptures and paintings by Keiichi Tanaami. Inspired by the fantastic Buddhist images of the traditionally multi-armed deity Kannon Bosatsu (Deity of Mercy), Tanaami created his version of Kannon Bosatsu paintings, as well as a large Amitabha Buddha and 100 miniature sculptures, all of which are presented in this installation. Tanaami developed the idea for this exhibition over a long period of time, and he spent over a year making the works.

In 1981, Tanaami contracted a lung disease and narrowly escape death from complications. Based on this experience, he made a series of works around the theme of “life and death” throughout the 80s and 90s. His works at the time tended to reference his consciousness of the finite quality of life, drawing heavily on spiral motifs and images of pines and rings that evoke mini-escapes. Different from that series, Kannooon, a goldfish goddess, gives a joyous, celebratory impression with rounded erotic forms, despite the fact that she is weeping. This may be because the works for Kannoon were created to conjure impressions of a Buddhist paradise that Tanaami visualized throughout his various life experiences with war and illness.



From 2009-01-24 To 2009-02-22

Opening Reception on 2009-01-24 from 18:00 to 21:00


Keiichi Tanaami



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