Vong Co RAHZI
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Vong Co RAHZI is an exhibition inspired by the vastly influential visual and music artist known simply as EYE. EYE is best recognized as a pioneering figure in the transnationally influential genre of Japanese noise. Spotlighting moments of fluidity between the boundary of music and visual art, Vong Co RAHZI introduces a selection of work by EYE, along with compositions by four artists who draw influence from this luminary figure of artistic experimentation—Masaho Anotani, Tomoo Gokita, Teppei Kaneuji, and Chihiro Mori.
This exhibition follows the ambitious two-part survey Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s curated by Mika Yoshitake at Blum & Poe Los Angeles in the spring of 2019. Bringing together some of the most enigmatic works that were first generated during a rich two-decade period, Parergon showcased key experimental multi-genre practices in which artists began to explore subversive artistic languages and integrate underground subcultures—notably with critical experimentation in the mediums of sound, noise and electro-acoustics. Although often under-recognized and considered peripheral to art history, strides made within these genres greatly impacted the cross-pollinating ecosystems of seminal artistic subcultures—the artworks featured on LPs, cassette tapes, and CDs played as much of a role in cultivating working artists’ emotional and visual lexicons as the experience of listening to the music itself. As Yoshitake put it: “These non-tactile, ephemeral forms of expression had a significant influence on the artists of this time, resonating with their diversity of methods and achieving a fundamental connection with areas of the unconscious that are unreachable by human perception, memory, and language.”
Vong Co RAHZI seeks to reveal a genealogy among artists who emerged during this timeframe and since, with practices transformed by experimentations in these subcultures and specifically by the artist EYE. The exhibition title is a neologism coined by EYE, a linguistic collage combining the words Vong Co (traditional Vietnamese music) and Laraaji (legendary American ambient musician), with the syllable “RAH” representing a primal sonic expression for the artist.