Andrew Gilbert + Akiyoshi Mishima Exhibition


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This exhibition focuses on the fictional ethnic cultures, histories, and mythologies in the work of Andrew Gilbert and Akiyoshi Mishima. Despite their drastically different cultures and languages, these two artists both raise questions about the significance of human existence and the possibilities of the future.

Scottish-born Andrew Gilbert (b. 1980), making his debut in Japan with this installation of paintings and mixed media works, studied Fine Arts at the University of Edinburgh and has since shown his works in exhibitions across Europe. He also participated in the MeetFactory Residency Program in Prague and delivered the lecture “Vezelay to Ulundi— from the First Crusade to the Anglo Zulu War” at the Camberwell College of Arts in London. The paintings displayed here include an array of characters, from British soldiers caricatured as birds to fictitious African aristocracy, westernized kimono-clad beauties, and mushroom-headed knights in armor.

The works of Akiyoshi Mishima (b.1978) deal with the universality of endurance through recurring cycles of glory and catastrophe. His past solo exhibitions include “Quarter” (2006), in which he explored the transition of status and roles across three post-war generations, and “Family” (2009), a re-examination of the fundamental interconnections of mankind. He now presents new pieces searching a global aesthetic based on traditional Japanese arts, continuing in the vein of his series “Shogun,” presented at Germany’s Galarie Nagel Draxier in April 2013.



From 2013-08-31 To 2013-09-28

Opening Reception on 2013-08-31 from 18:00



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