Tsuyoshi Ozawa “J-alert”

Misa Shin Gallery

poster for Tsuyoshi Ozawa “J-alert”
[Image: gnabmelaP no gnidnecseD spoortaraP esenapaJ Japanese Paratroops Descending on Palembang 2017, Oil on canvas, 145.5 x 227.3 cm (57.3 x 89.4 inch) Photo: Shizune Shiigi]

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“J-ALERT is a nationwide alert system designed to rapidly warn the populace of Japan of incoming ballistic missile attacks, imminent earthquakes, and approaching tsunamis. In contrast, art spreads information at very low transmission speeds. In some cases, an artwork may continue to exist long after the death of the artist, enabling it to continue alerting humanity across multiple generations.”ーOzawa Tsuyoshi

The exhibition will focus on “gnabmelaP no gnidnecseD spoortaraP esenapaJ Japanese Paratroops Descending on Palembang” series, inspired by a documentary war painting “Japanese Paratroops Descending on Palembang” by Goro Tsuruta (1890–1969) and “Photographs of Posters” series, Ozawa borrowed the method from Jiro Takamatsu(1936-1988)’s only photographic work “Photograph of Photograph”.

“gnabmelaP no gnidnecseD spoortaraP esenapaJ Japanese Paratroops Descending on Palembang” was presented in “Imperfection: Parallel Art History”, a solo exhibition at Chiba City Museum of Art, 2018. It is one of Ozawa’s life’s work, trying to trace with his own hands the war painting, the darkest aspect of art since modern art. and the posters in “Photographs of Posters” that Ozawa re-drew were all winners of annual contests aimed at educating the public on the wonders and benefits of nuclear power and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Through this series he attempted to give form to the reality of the Ministry’s exploitation of art classes to promote propaganda to unsuspecting children in schools, an unsavory aspect of art education.

Art is expressed in the form of works that can gain additional meanings and interpretations as time goes by. The layers of thought and ideas build up slowly as the art spreads, so a warning presented in the form of art can continue to alert viewers, warning them not to make the same mistake.



from November 08, 2019 to December 21, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-11-08 from 18:00 to 20:00


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