[Image: Ozawa Tsuyoshi "Soy Sauce Art: Andy Warhol" (2013) Soy sauce, acrylic medium, gesso on canvas, 140 x 210cm (55.1 x 82.6in)]
This group exhibition features paintings by four of the gallery’s artists, Francis Shingo, Iba Yasuko, Shinoda Taro, and Ozawa Tsuyoshi
Francis explores the vast space and spirituality of painting through abstract expressions that consist of multiple layers of blue and deep monochrome color works. His new Interference series of the last few years consists of paintings created with special materials that cause optical interference, resulting in light passing through multiple layers of paint, producing a variety of colors when viewed at different angles. As the viewer approaches a painting, the visual effect of the viewer’s movement triggers an experience of the painting that can only be sensed there.
Iba is a painter known for creating works that appeal to viewers’ senses by teasing the texture and atmosphere of familiar materials such as cushions and pottery onto her canvas. Born in Kyoto in 1967, Iba commenced her artistic career during the early 1990s. Her practice involves photographing her subjects and then using the photographs as the basis for her paintings.
Although Shinoda’s series of paintings ‘Katsura’ employs basic oil painting materials, they are distinctly unlike the conventional paintings that we are familiar with. Extending inwards from the edges of each work is a large margin of linen canvas, which curves away from the viewer as it approaches the center, creating a depression with a depth of about 5 centimeters. In the center is a flat area covered by an abstract composition of colors and grid lines, painted with oil paints. Shinoda had felt ill at ease with the Western understanding of time and space ever since his early career as a landscape architect specializing in traditional Japanese gardens, and he began to wonder how he had acquired his own ideas of time and space. Even the distance from which we view a painting can be thought of as a physical action based on components of our shared awareness and on the ways of living, society, and culture that are extensions thereof. This painting series, Katsura, derives from revisiting that thinking to question once more the premises that lie behind it.
After presenting Soy Sauce Art Museum, in which Ozawa used soy sauce to paint and display masterpieces from the history of Japanese art from ancient times to the present, Ozawa went on to create the Soy Sauce Art series, in which he used real soy sauce to paint masterpieces from the history of art in Japan and abroad. This imaginary genre of painting has become one of Ozawa’s important work. This work is a reference to Andy Warhol’s Elvis. By depicting Warhol’s pop culture icon Elvis with soy sauce, a domestic symbol of Japan, the work raises questions about the origins of contemporary art history in post-war Japan and art history in the world, including today’s Japan that has seemingly achieved modernization and westernization. This imaginary genre of painting also raises new questions about the system of “Art” itself.
from February 26, 2021 to April 03, 2021
From 12:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays
Address: 1F 3-9-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
11 minute walk from exit 4 at Shirokane-takanawa Station on the Namboku or Toei Mita line, 11 minute walk from exit 1 at Azabu-juban Station on the Namboku or Toei Oedo line, 11 minute walk from exit 1 at Hiroo Station on the Hibiya line.