Masaru Iwai "Clean Up 1.2.3."

Art Center Ongoing


Masaru Iwai
By staging a variety of actions that intervene in everyday life, Masaru Iwai creates work that plants "art" into the lives of local residents and visitors to his exhibitions. Recently, he has been creating performances and actions that involve the act of "cleaning" as a global standard, based on the concept of the "cleaner's high."

Iwai's materials include detergent, garbage, "korokoro" carpet cleaner, as well as other cleaning tools and waste and scrap materials. These things are then transformed into works that transcend the space of the gallery in an attempt to relate to larger contexts and issues.

The act of "cleaning" is associated with a symbolic purging or process of purification, and Iwai's acts of cleaning, inserted in radical ways into mainstream society, provoke friction and resistance, reactions which then serve to spur his creative practice on to more daring exploits. Previously, Iwai used video as a medium for capturing the provocative stances he adopted during his "cleaning" performances. By confronting audiences directly with this act, Iwai's performances not only elicited certain sensitivities to develop between individuals, but also created a certain visceral impact on social relations between those who were present. This exhibition is an opportunity for audiences to experience first-hand the radical nature of these messages implicit in Iwai's work.

January 23rd (Fri) 19:00-21:00 (drink order)
Artist talk with Ongoing director Nozomu Ogawa
+ Artist performance

January 25th (Sun) 19:00-23:00 (drink order)
Music event with Makoto Oshiro (self-made instrument), Ryu Furusawa (saw), Yoshiyuki Ichiraku (drums), Chihei Hatakeyama (donations welcome)

January 30th (Fri) 19:00-23:00
Art Center Ongoing 1st Anniversary Party

January 31st (Sat) 19:00-21:00 (drink order)
"Young Aggressive Aspect Recap!"
WIth Mizuki Endo, Hikaru Fujii, Chiharu Mizukawa, Masaru Iwai, Emiko Kato

February 1st (Sun) 12:00-21:00 (drink order)
Closing Party and music event with 5323 (voice) (donations welcome)




Venue Hours

12:00 ~ 23:00
Closed on Monday,Tuesday
Gallery open until 21:00.

Opening Reception Jan 24, 2009 19:00 から 23:00 まで

Music Performance with 5323 (voice), Ryu Furusawa (saw) (donations welcome)

Fee¥400 + 1 selected tea
VenueArt Center Ongoing
Location1-8-7 Kichijoji-Higashicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0002
Access9 minute walk from the North exit of Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines or Keio Inokashira line.