Jonathan Chapline “Statuesque”

Nanzuka 2G

poster for Jonathan Chapline “Statuesque”
[Image: Jonathan Chapline "Standing Figures I (Dusk)" (2021) Oil-Based Gloss Protection Coating on fiberglass, H140 x W130 x D80 cm©Jonathan Chapline Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of Nanzuka]

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This exhibition will follow Jonathan Chapline’s major solo exhibition at the former Nanzuka main space in Shibuya 2-chome in January 2020.

In Chapline’s work, the computer language of “rendering” is no longer spoken of as an art term, but rather as a way to describe all the physical elements necessary to create his paintings, such as the shape of the object, the perspective from which the object is viewed, the texture of the object’s surface, the light source, and the shading. While this approach may seem to debunk the classic myth in art history that the artist’s eye is developed through sketching, Chaplin has interestingly studied the works of artists such as Cézanne, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Matisse, Max Beckmann, Philippe Guston, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Archipenko, and Henri Laurens, and reinterpreted many of them in his own distinctive style.

The new works in this exhibition offer a glimpse into Chapline’s new attempt to express the relationship between time and space using the changing light of the day. In his new painting, “Disassembled Home,” the components of the house appear to be arranged and painted in pieces as if they were parts of a dollhouse, but through the use of light that unifies the space can be seen a clear relationship between them. This attempt to expand the realm of our visual perception by making full use of digital tools can be called a creative experiment and playful practice for Chapline, who prides himself on being a member of the digital generation who can use a mouse as well as a pencil.

For this exhibition, Chapline has created three new paintings and two sculptures.



from July 22, 2021 to August 15, 2021
Exhibition Hours 11:00〜20:00



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