Ikuyo Yamada "Never Ever In My Life"

Mizuma Action

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Mizuma Action is pleased to present “Never Ever In My Life”, Ikuyo Yamada's first solo exhibition at the gallery. Yamada was born in 1983. After receiving a master’s degree in oil painting from Musashino Art University in 2008, she had her very first solo exhibition “Excuse” at Takahashi Collection in 2009.

Yamada draws intense figure paintings with oil pastel on tracing paper. For this exhibition, she will also reveal an entirely self-made video artwork as well as pictures that give the impression of leaking words.

According to Yamada, “pictures express things that cannot be put into words, so it is hard to explain.” Although it is not an easy task to accurately describe the appeal of her work, we can say that she is a gifted, sensitive painter who lets her instincts lead her to ways of metamorphosing oil pastels and tracing paper into forms and colors.

While exhibiting her works, Yamada still grapples with the contradiction of not willing to be seen: she denies her relationship to the objective world, expressing through her art the intense conflict that roars within her shell. This kind of motive may seem very personal at first, but is actually due to certain representative phenomena in contemporary Japanese society like “hikikomori” (voluntary withdrawal from society) and “muen” (isolation).

The one hour-long video Ippodemomaenishine (“Die Before I Do”) was entirely shot and played by the artist herself. Its brutal title contrasts with the armless scenes reminiscent of idol promotion videos, puzzling the viewer. As she keeps on smiling all on her own, this video differs from the idols’ in its complete disconnection with the law of supply and demand. The artist’s desire to be loved as well as her works contradicts with her reluctance to be seen. This opposition is at the basis of all Yamada’s paintings, videos and words.

[Image: "Veranda In The Daytime" (2009) oil, acrylic and others on cloth 216x188cm]



From 2011-03-30 To 2011-04-30


Ikuyo Yamada



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