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I’m sorry please talk more slowly
Location: Shibuya Hikarie 8/ CUBE 1, 2, 3, Tokyo
Artist(s): Ken SASAKI
Date: 1 Apr - 12 Apr 2015

This is the first exhibition in the series Contemporary Art Eye. The exhibitions will be organized by galleries and art-world figures from within the Japanese art world; this responsible for introducing a new way of looking at art within Japan.

The exhibitions will introduce not only contemporary art but also modern, craft and antiquities. The aims of these exhibitions is to offer viewers a fresh perspective on culture. The first exhibition features a collaboration between two galleries and an artist run space, each of whom regularly introduces the work of emerging artists within in an international setting. Please enjoy this exhibition.

- Tomio Koyama (Series Organizer)

“I’m sorry please talk more slowly” is a group exhibition curated by XYZ Collective together with the cooperation of the galleries MISAKO & ROSEN and AOYAMA | MEGURO. The exhibition title was chosen because it suggests an absurd sense of humor shared by all of the participants (the gallerists and the artists) in the exhibition. When a person is having a conversation together with someone in a language that they only understand partially, it is often necessary for that person to request that their fellow speaker slow down their speaking so that their words and the meaning of their words becomes more clear. This situation is absurd because there is a partial understanding of the language being used to have a conversation. The person who requests that the other person “slow down” understands enough of the other person’s language to communicate a need for slower speech. This situation of partial communication is very similar to the situation that visitors to an art exhibition may have when trying to understand the art. 

In the situation of a group exhibition, you may even imagine that the artworks by different artists in the show are also having a conversation with each other and that these artworks also may ask each other to “slow down”. All of the artists included in this exhibition make work which is at once familiar and easy to understand (sculpture, drawing, video) but which may be speaking very quickly…We hope that the situation that the exhibition presents is both enjoyable and challenging.

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