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Multiple Worlds- ASAI Yusuke, IZUMI Keiji, NISHIMURA Tomomi
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Published: December 28 2008

ASAI Yusuke "For whom guest are you?" (2008) Indonesia, Jogja National Museum. 4 types of earth, water, collected from the site. photo: Hosokawa Hako copy right(c) 2008 ARATANIURANO

IZUMI Keiji "UFO" (2008), h.67 w.30 d.17cm wood, plastic, paint copy right(c) 2008 ARATANIURANO

NISHIMURA Tomomi "Matsumae 200602" (2006) C print copy right(c) 2008 ARATANIURANO

Asai, Izumi and Nishimura each employ different media - painting, sculpture and photography, respectively - to achieve their individual forms of expression. However, one can suggest that what they all have in common is their focus not on preexisting legacies of artistic expression, but on developing their own free approach to making art. With its title designed to convey the sense of diversity in their promising artistic expression, "Multiple Worlds" brings together these three distinctive artists and presents viewers with an opportunity to discover their work. Yusuke Asai, born in 1981, makes use of everyday materials such as masking tape, water, stone, dust, rope and earth to paint pictures on walls, floors, furniture, clothing, roads and ruins, whether indoors or outdoors. Drawing on motifs of plants, animals and humans that originate from within himself, Asai produced dynamic works of painting, as seen in works such as "Masking Plant", a seemingly endless image of multiplying plants made with tape and marker pen, or his "Earth Painting Series", in which he painted on the walls, floor and ceiling of a space with earth. Through this process of painting with materials from his immediate urroundings, he transforms inorganic and ordinary settings into unrestrained locations of liberation. Asai's unsuppressed form of artistic expression draws viewers into a world where they can feel free and at ease.For the first half of this exhibition period, he will be exhibiting drawings he has accumulated over many days, and in the second half (from mid December) he will be working on site, constructing his own characteristic walls both inside and outside the gallery. This spring, for the "KITA! Japanese Artists Meet Indonesia" exhibition held in Indonesia, he made an earth painting that completely covered the museum's interior and had an overwhelming effect on viewers. At the "Akasaka Art Flower" event currently being held in the Akasaka area until October 13, he used earth taken from the ground in Akasaka to create a giant "Earth Painting" and "Masking Plant" within the premises of the former Akasaka Elementary School. Born in 1973, Keiji Izumi makes wooden sculptures of fantastical, mysterious human figures. Be it a man who look like a cross between a Martian and a human being, or a woman floating in space wearing a hat made of clusters of dozens of balloons, Izumi creates unusual figures born out of unique ideas that have the air of Sci-Fi fantasy to them. To an audience that engages directly with contemporary social problems such as the environment, these fantasies, which are derived from an everyday perspective, can be read as images of the future of humanity. One of the distinctive aspects of Izumi's sculptures is the intricacy of his working process, carving them out as nude figures first and then modeling and painting their clothes on top. Such attention to detail in the carving results in highly refined sculptures that captivate viewers.Tomomi Nishimura was born in 1978 and primarily produces portrait photographs. Together with these close ups on subjects that merge fact and fiction, he displays prose poems that he has written. In addition, he creates video works, and strives to make use of a broad range of media to expand the limits of expression. The mysterious lyricism hidden in the depths of his subjects' facial expressions, each bathed in peaceful light, leaves a strong imprint on our memories. By linking together his photographs and his incisive texts, the inner realm of the images comes out through Nishimura's writing to impress upon the viewer a story of heightened reality. While these works are photographic media, they create the kind of time axis one would feel from moving images. This exhibition presents new work by these three artists. To coincide with the completion of Yusuke Asai's onsite installation, a reception party is planned for December 20, and will feature a special live performance by Soichi Futaba, known as the Bob Dylan of Kyoto. * The text provided by ARATANIURANO

Last Updated on November 15 2008

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