Nanae Mitobe “Rock is Dead”
[Image: Nanae Mitobe "Sexy Rock Alien" (2021) Oil painting, linen, pigment, wood panel 2m x 2m]
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The culture of “Rock” has left a vivid light in the 20th century as a symbol of energy to break through the boredom and confinement of the world. As a voice for the voiceless, an anarchist who spits on the times, and a revolutionary who changes the times, rock stars have fascinated and led the youth of their time. However, as the times changed, they became more and more commercialized, and those who were propelled to stardom were consumed as commodities, their ideology became a skeleton, and only their style remained. In the midst of such envy and disappointment, the phrase “Rock is Dead” was bandied about.
In this exhibition, Nanae Mitobe will present works depicting stars of the 1970s, including David Bowie, who became a symbol of the glam rock scene while crossing over into music, fashion, and film, and The Runaways, a female rock band whose provocative figures destroyed conservative images of women. This is an age where pop, colorful, bland interiors with no principles or arguments are making noise in the art market. In response to such a situation, this exhibition is an attempt to break down painting as a commodity by depicting stars who have lived in contradictions and conflicts. The rock stars painted in Mitobe’s style of ultra-thick paint, which he has adhered to without regard for efficiency or ease of handling, emit a vivid smell of paint, and with their weight and mass, they throw up an antithesis to today’s art.
from June 24, 2021 to July 11, 2021