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Isotani KENTARO biography | artworks | events



Introduction


 


If there is a true Japanese Punk Spirit, which doesn’t limit itself to fashion and music, Kentaro Isotani is one of its embodiments. In his artistic role he is a “bastard”, he is a “skunk”, he is a “piece of shit”. People see him with a bottle of whiskey at art fairs and with various types of gun models at gallery talks. The exhibition space, of his solo work, in the end usually looks like a garbage-recycling plant: accumulations of plastic Pepsi-Cola bottles, empty alcohol packaging, pieces of torn clothing or textile, and of course, the unavoidable mud. All of these are actually basic working material for this sculptor and will probably be eventually used for creating works for his next solo show. 


 


To prepare for the “Instant Dogma” Exhibition in 2008 Isotani researched the immediate feeling of primitive man, who encounters a marvelous sculpture of a saint in a church. His experiment was to give Barbaric Form to The Sublime, to project The Wild Sensuality into a Delicate Expression, to mix Rustic Spirit with Elevated Sentiment. 


 


At the “Keep Smiling! God Loves Idiots!” Exhibition the world saw Isotani’s “White Ladies”: the totemistic pair of his Saints. They are Isotani’s “Junky Ladies”, “Seductive Bitches” literally filled with trash: guns, truck models, scissors, dangerous razors and other instruments for castration. “White Ladies” are Slut-Goddesses: they provoke for restricted, they push to transgression. Istani’s sculptures enchant onlookers. They incite us to interrupt the usual course of affairs, they push us to something bad: to shout out profanities, to have a “dirty mouth”, to show the middle finger to somebody or to spank somebody at the exhibition hall. 



 


1975 


Born in Tottori, Japan


1994-1998 


Kanazawa College of Art, B.A. Fine Art course, Sculpture 


1998-2000 


Kanazawa College of Art, M.A. Fine Art course, Sculpture


 


Solo exhibition 


2009   


“Keep Smiling! God Loves Idiots! The figures of critical grin in the art of Kentaro Isotani”, art project frantic, Tokyo


2008   


"Instant Dogma", Gallery KINGYO, Sendagi, Tokyo


2005   


"Transvestites", Gallery KINGYO, Sendagi, Tokyo 


2005   


"Kentaro Isotani Exhibition", Kishimojin Temple, Zoshigaya, Tokyo 


 


Selected Group exhibition 


2009   


“The Trash” Exhibition, 101 Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair, Akiba Square, Tokyo


2009   


“My favorite things”, art project frantic & unseal, Tokyo


2008  


"MR1109", NO NAME, Tokyo


2008  


"Kingyo of KINGO", Gallery KINGYO, Tokyo


2008  


"Hatsudai Noise Festival", Tokyo


2006   


"Toy Box Vol.3", Otuka RED-ZONE (Live House), Otuka, Tokyo


2005   


"Seven Sculptors", Gallery 52, Iidabashi, Tokyo 


2004   


"Kin-no-Bi, Gin-no-za", Ono Gallery, Kyobashi, Tokyo 


2002   


"Size of The World", Yamawaki Gallery, Ichigaya, Tokyo 


2000   


"Kawaguchi Art Club", LILIA gallery, Kawaguchi, Saitama 


 

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