Koji Tanada “Unclothed and Clothed”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

poster for Koji Tanada “Unclothed and Clothed”
[Image: Koji Tanada, “Statue of Lady” (2018) single wood-block construction (camphor tree), oil, resin, sequins, Photography by MIYAJIMA Kei © TANADA Koji]

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Koji Tanada’s sculptural practice to date has centered statues of young boys and girls who exist on the boundary lines between maturity and immaturity, the sacred and the earthly, the ascendant and descendent, traversing domains and revealing to us a seemingly infinite range of possibilities. His new works shown for the first time in this exhibition include nude female sculptures which seem to summon a powerful visual world within Tanada’s practice: a departure from the depictions of boys and girls that have featured in his work to this point. From the curve of a jawbone, seeming to lift up ever-so slightly in resistance to gravity, down to the tips of feet that seem braced for the unknown: the details of Tanada’s works seem to bear a particular tension. The contrast between this tension and his figures’ maternal sense of warmth and affection preserves the delicate equilibrium within which his works exist. These powerful female statues, freed from the contradictions of the woodblock and wrought into appearance by Tanada’s hand, at once exist on the boundary lines and are the connectors of worlds.

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from August 01, 2018 to September 01, 2018
Closed August 11–August 15.

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Koji Tanada

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