Ei Arakawa “Tryst”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

poster for Ei Arakawa “Tryst”
[Image: © Ei Arakawa]

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This is Arakawa’s third solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery and will feature a musical style installation performed by the paintings of five Gutai artists shown through a handmade LED screen. Various songs are used in this new work, “Tryst,” to express the relationship between painting and performance from a critical perspective. This is something Arakawa has explored throughout his artistic practice, also using paintings by Gutai group members in his 2011 performance “See Weeds,” where the addition of songs and conversations serves to develop a narrative. All the paintings referenced in “Tryst” were produced around 1959, a significant turning point in Gutai’s history when artworks began being gradually exported to nations such as France as examples of Art Informel in Japan. Arakawa forges a connection between Gutai’s strategy for global success and the current art market, represented here through Art Basel, as he investigates and re-contextualizes it within the framework of a musical. The digitalized and re-appropriated paintings also question how our current digital condition and networked society influence the state of painting, locating Arakawa’s contextualization of post-war Japanese art within a larger Modern art history trajectory. For this new work the artist has worked together with Dan Poston as co-songwriter, David Zuckerman as composer, and Sergei Tcherepnin on arrangement.

Arakawa has featured the work of numerous Japanese avant-garde artists in his artworks, especially those affiliated with groups such as Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop), Gutai, and Fluxus, considered pioneers in the development of interactive relationships between art and the audience.



from 2月 10, 2017 to 3月 11, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-10 from 18:00 to 20:00


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