A Butterfly’s Dream

Gallery Coexist Tokyo

poster for A Butterfly’s Dream
[Image: Syuhei Oono "urban camouflage" (2013) Insects (Butterfly), Cosmetics, Acrylic 7.9×8.0×2.0 cm (Upper Left) / 11.0×12.0×2.0 cm (Lower Left) / Tetsuto Mizuguchi "Tape Painting (Untitled) " (2015) Acrylic on Canvas 162×130 cm (right) ]

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A Butterfly’s Dream blurs the boundary between image and reality, replication and original. Syuhei Oono conjoins tree branches with resin and features butterflies with artificial patterns upon their wings. Questioning Darwin’s theory of evolution based upon survival by adaption, mimicking the colors and forms of an organism’s natural environment, Oono points to the possibility of such evolution towards camouflaging incorporating manmade patterning. And when branches appear to form the shapes of stars and hearts is this discerned by human or natural intention?
Tetsuto Mizuguchi layers canvases with numerous strips of tape. At first glance these appear to be a disordered jumble but upon closer inspection one realizes this is not real tape but in fact painted to appear as tape, breaking our division between original and reproduction in a feat of the hypereal.

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Date: September 25(Sun) 16:30
Closing Party
Date: September 25(Sun) 18:00

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from August 13, 2016 to September 25, 2016

Closing Reception on 2016-09-25 from 18:00

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