Collection 2

July 7(Sat.) - September 17(Mon., Holiday), 2007

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To complement the work of Yukio Fujimoto, we present a collection of pieces that strive of a sense of abstract purity. In particular, to go along with Fujimoto's word-based works, we showcase a group of Japanese-born Korean artists.

1. Art and Language
In the 1970s, the Art & Language group, headed by Joseph Kosuth, explored the possibilities of art within a linguistic format. The movement emerged as an even highly regulated offshoot of conceptual art, the roots of which ray in Duchamp's ready-mades. Among the Japanese working in the genre were On Kawahara and Shusaku Arakawa. At the other end of the spectrum is the artist Sophie Calle, who rose to prominence in the early 1980s. While staging a story that is woven out of both true and fictional elements, Calle expresses her actions through words and photographs.

2. The Cosmos
Since the 70s, Hitoshi Nomura has been creating work that deals with how things change over a span of time. In the 80s, this focus led Nomura to document the movement of celestial bodies. His work "A spin in Curved Air", is a photographic record of the sun's trajectory on a single day. In looking at the work, the viewers is reminded how closely our lives are linked to natural phenomena such as the sun or the moon. Among the things Nomura represents in his work is the power of nature. Similar elements can be found in Jiro Yoshihara's large painted circles, Tetsuro Komai's surrealistic works, and Mitsuo Kano's chance-based metal prints.

3. Townscapes
Takashi Masaki's workd comprise subtle elements that emerge out of the dark. Masaki explains work titled "From Driving to Diving" as a deep vertical "dive," depicted with paint on canvas, that alters our perspective of "driving" over the surface of landscapes and objects as they come into view. In the pictoral space, the viewer finds, woundrous scenes that seem to have been stamped with the images Masaki has seen. Takanobu Kobayashi paints scene of Bangkok, the city where he lives. He says that the intense afternoon sunlight and its mirror opposite, the blackness of night, have left a deep impression on him. As foreign resident in Thailand, Kobayashi perhaps sees himself as a red tail-light rising up in the darkness. Wanting to avoid any trace of the hand, Katsuro Yoshida chose photo etching as his medium. His scenes, which by rights he shouldn't be able to see at all, might also be described as totally lacking in detail. Satoshi Saito returns his photographs, which have been enlarged to actual size, to the space where he shot them. He uses these reshot images as his work, suggesting the uncertainty of everything we see around us.

4. Light and Wind
As the titles of Rieko Hidaka's works indicate, she often depicts trees by looking up at them from underneath. This style has determined the concept of Hidaka's works. She says she is attracted to the unascertainable part of looking up at the nearby branches, the ones father away, and the sky beyond that. Hidaka's work seems to express these ungraspable spaces. Using unfocused lenses and slow shutter speeds, Miho Akioka tries to visualize difficult-to-capture entities such as light and wind by capturing, for example, the shadows cast by leaves as they waver in the breeze. Takashi Tanaka creates unique world out of miniature gardens, and in the process of visualizing and making print of them, interweaves natural phenomena like light and wind.

5. Japan-based Korean Artists
As the Korean boom of the latest several years indicates, the cultural exchange between Korea and Japan continues. Another aspect of this is the group of Korean artists who studied art and pursued a career in Japan. In this section, we introduce a small portion of these artists' painting, which in comparison with Japanese art of same period, seem to be quiet restrained.

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