about us
contact us
home hongkong beijing shanghai taipei tokyo seoul singapore
art in tokyo   |   galleries   |   artists   |   artworks   |   events   |   art institutions   |   art services   |   art scene
Frantic Gallery
IID 1F, 2-4-5 Ikejiri
Setagaya, Tokyo
Japan 154-0001   map * 
tel: +81 3 3410 1325     
send email    website  

Frantic Artists @ SHContemporary Art Fair
by Frantic Gallery
Location: Frantic Gallery
Artist(s): Cousteau TAZUKE, Makoto SASAKI, Norio KAWAMURA
Date: 6 Sep - 9 Sep 2012

During its third year at ShContemporary Art Fair Frantic Gallery will be honored to present for the first time in Shanghai three of its artists working in different media and genres. Cousteau Tazuke creates paintings using such new material as acrylic resin and continuing his research on the structure of 2-dimensional art. Norio Kawamura will present his “nocturnal objects”, vast planes of black reliefs made of glue and lacquer. Finally, Makoto Sasaki will show his latest series of photography dedicated to Tokyo and its layers.

Cousteau Tazuke
Tazuke carves into clear acrylic panels, pours acid-colored paint in the resulting cavities and then exhibits these works backwards, thus subverting the opposition of the front and the rear -- the positive and negative -- of the picture and transcending the borderline between the process of carving and the work of drawing, the art of sculpture and that of painting. This time the artist uses aluminium leaf for some of the recent works. Referring to Japanese tradition of golden and silver leaf, which was far more than simply a decorative element, dazzling metal overcomes its “reality of being a material” and injects the “limitlessness” into the work. “Aluminium leaf”-related works we will be shown with Tazuke’s pieces dedicated to The Grid and geometrical patterns, combining “geometry” and “abstraction”, “boundlessness” and “grasped spaces” of his works in a single presentation.

Norio Kawamura
Norio Kawamura uses glue and lacquer to create nocturnal images with no figures, breathing fields of picturesque darkness. His works offer double directed movement. From the picture, a dominative BLACK slides out from the base, acting as Night that overcomes its frame, as Death that breaks its enclosure and splashes out into the locus of the viewer. In the meantime, the onlooker, while being confronted by a patch of Darkness that envelops and drags him into it, gradually slides into a bottomless Nothing. The medium is The Butterfly. A symbolic insect able to glide between Life and Death, Day and Night, Consciousness and Insanity, comes to the surface of black lacquer as if repeatedly gaining its shape and then losing its form again melting back into morbid gloss.

Makoto Sasaki
In series of works titled “Tokyo Layers” Makoto Sasaki perceives his Megalopolis as a place of multi-directed and synchronous times. Photo for Sasaki is not a medium for still life, in reverse it is a city-like accumulation of elevated bustling lights and radiating motions. Sasaki is using a technique of capturing subject with the camera in movement and exposure time of 20-30 seconds, while interrupting the light stream for several times during each shot. Thus extension of light in captured image comes together with its black out, the line absorbs the rhythm, the continuity is overlapped with a rupture. Layers of stretched light that comes from the windows of the city skyscrapers constitute The Tokyo, taking the viewer to the personalized time of its dwellers, the presence of the artist and the moment of the shot.

Digg Delicious Facebook Share to friend

© 2007 - 2024 artinasia.com