Naoyoshi Hikosaka “Floor Event: Repetitions and Variations”

Misa Shin Gallery

poster for Naoyoshi Hikosaka “Floor Event: Repetitions and Variations”
[Image: Hikosaka Naoyoshi, Floor Event No.4 combination with Ceiling Music No.1, 1972, Performance at Hikosaka residence in Tokyo]

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Born in Tokyo in 1946, Hikosaka Naoyoshi began his Floor Event series, in which he poured latex over the floor as its “theme.” His act of pouring latex was sometimes combined with other elements and events, such as Delivery Event, where Hikosaka transported the tatami mats and furniture with all the fixtures from his room to exhibition sites, as well as Ceiling Music and Carpet Music. He also produced some works on paper, including invitations and instructions. These activities continued until 1975, when his participation in the Paris Biennale with Floor Event–Milk Crash (equivalent of Floor Event No. 7) ended with the confiscation and incineration of his tatami mats by the Japanese customs department when they were sent back home. This marked the end of Floor Event: The First Cycle.
Although works like these are generally categorized as “performance art,” Hikosaka used his Floor Event series as part of his experiment for creating a photo-based “information art,” using photography as an essential element to capture time. Given the technology available at that time, what he could manage to achieve was slide shows to present his acts and the transformation of the latex in time.
The current exhibition at Misa Shin Gallery examines Hikosaka’s Floor Event series from 1970 to 1975, focusing on three works (Nos.3–5). It consists of vintage documentary photographs, slide shows, and original invitations, and other materials. As part of the exhibition, a chronology of Floor Event: The First Cycle will be presented, compiled by Dr. Reiko Tomii, a New York-based art historian. The exhibition poses questions about what events and photography meant to Hikosaka, how they related to such concepts as instruction, practice, information, performance, and installation, all of which have been a driving force behind global conceptualism from the 1970s onward, and the place of his Floor Event series in that development.



from July 25, 2020 to September 12, 2020



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