Kenji Yanobe "Levitation"

Yamamoto Gendai

poster for Kenji Yanobe "Levitation"

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Yamamoto Gendai is delighted to present "Levitation", a solo exhibition by Kenji Yanobe from October 11th through December 14th 2010. On view will be selected pieces from an entirely new series that operates on magnetic energy.

For 20 years since his first exhibition in 1990, Yanobe has been one of the leading artists in the Japanese art scene. Living through a time when the catastrophes of the Cold War, Gulf War and nuclear accidents were universal human concerns, he created a series of gears for “Survival” through the early 1990s. Growing up by the former site of Expo ’70 in Osaka has been a major formative experience for his artistic activities, and his works always revolved around the theme of “The Ruins of the Future“.

Already in his 20s, Yanobe was highly acclaimed for his artistic engagement in social issues by consciously displaying the influence of manga and other subcultures in his work. Since the great Kobe earthquake in 1995 and his visit to Chernobyl in 1997, however, the focus of his work has shifted from "survival" to "revival".

For this exhibition, Yanobe deploys magnetic forces as an extension of his previous work that leveraged physical processes such as lightning, floods and rainbows.

*This installation makes use of strong magnets. Visitors with pacemakers or other medical equipment are prohibited from entering the gallery.



From 2010-11-06 To 2010-12-04

Opening Reception on 2010-11-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


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