Shape of Picture
02 - 27 Sep 2014
Masaya Chiba, Yukio Fujimoto, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, Ikezaki Takuya, Leiko Ikemura, Iwanaga Tadasuke, Teppei Kaneuji, Shinichiro Kano, Masato Kobayashi, Aki Kondo, Lee Kit, Naofumi Maruyama, Makiko Masutani, Chihiro Mori, Morimura Yasumasa, Kodai Nakahara, Yoriko Takabatake
2 - 27 September 2014
Is there painting? Is “painting” equal to “picture”? Are they different? If so, what the exact difference between them? What is its way of being?
While on certain levels the answers to these questions may be difficult, on others we can surely affirm that yes, there is indeed painting. There is indeed picture. In this exhibition, we show the works of artists who try to capture the shape of painting, to make it into something of substance. We also show the work of artists who are not attempting such things consciously, and whose work may not even usually be categorized as painting. With such exhibits we try to capture the shape, the outline of picture.
Although the artists have very different conceptions of the meaning and purpose of painting/picture, and although their proximity and passion for it differ, we have tried to group their works together in this exhibition on the basis of those works’ simple painterly physicality. By presenting such works – which we have decided can be termed picture, but which others may think otherwise – together, we hope to illustrate each artist’s conception of and relationship to painting, and, at the same time, provide an opportunity for viewers to think about the shape of picture.
The artists included are Masaya Chiba, Yukio Fujimoto, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, Ikezaki Takuya, Leiko Ikemura, Tadasuke Iwanaga, Teppei Kaneuji, Shinichiro Kano, Masato Kobayashi, Aki Kondo, Lee Kit, Naofumi Maruyama, Makiko Masutani, Chihiro Mori, Morimura Yasumasa, Kodai Nakahara and Yoriko Takabatake.
Ikemura’s Sunflower, which was most probably an artistic response to the March 2011 disasters; Kobayashi’s floor-mounted work; Chiba’s early video work; Morimura’s Photography-Painting/ One of Me Descending the Stairs: For Gerhard Richter; Kaneuji’s two-dimensional work Gray Puddle in oil paint; Maruyama’s statement for GROUND, a new form of activity he has commenced this year in addition to his painting; Kondo’s work on cardboard; Fujimoto’s canvas and photographic work; Ikezaki’s installation; Iwanaga’s painting along with music by a band he’s been a member of for years; Lee’s cardboard work and installations using everyday objects; Kano, Nakahara and Mori’s works along with gallery debutants Takabatake and Masutani will also be shown.