108 (One Hundred Eight)

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November 14, 2003 – January 10, 2004

Curated by Tsutomu IKEUCHI (rentgenwerke,Tokyo)
Artists: Seiji ARUGA/ Takahiro FUJIWARA/ Jun FUJITA/Ai FUJIYOSHI/ Hidetaka FURUKAWA/ Kazuhiko HACHIYA/ Chikako HASEGAWA/ Bujin HIRAI/ Izuru KASAHARA/Man-ya KATO/ Hideki KUWAJIMA/ Tatsuo MAJIMA/ Taka-aki MITSUI/ Keiko MIYATA/ Hideto NAGATSUKA/Tetsuya NAKAMURA/ Yasutaka NAKANOWATARI/Daisuke NAKAYAMA/ Hideki NAKAZAWA/ Motohiko ODANI/ OGAWA Shinji/ Ari OHKUBO/ Mitsuhiro OKAMOTO/ Saburo OTA/ Kazz SASAGUCHI/ Isao SATO/ Taro SHINODA/ Yoshihiro SUDA/ Takeshi TAMAI/ Iichiro TANAKA/ Kyoko TANIYAMA/ Hiroshi YAMADA/ Motoi YAMAMOTO/ Miwa YANAGI/ Kenji YANOBE/Hiroshi YOSHIMIZU/ Sakuji YOSHIMOTO/ Hidehiro WATANABE


Opening: Friday, November 14, 2003. 6:00-8:00 pm
SAKE tasting party: Saturday, January 10, 2004. 6:00-8:00 pm

ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION has been supporting emerging curators in the exhibitions made possible in its non–profit art gallery since 2002. As part of the Program for Emerging Curators (PEC), the Foundation is pleased to present the exhibition, 108 (one hundred eight) curated by Tsutomu Ikeuchi, the owner and the director of rentgenwerke, an art gallery located in Roppongi, Tokyo.
108 is the exhibition consists of one hundred and eight small objects linked by the theme of “desire”.

Inspired by the spirit of Mr. Iwao SETSU, who once was the proprietor of Setsu-Gatodo (Antiques, Tokyo) and himself a great art collector and dealer, the exhibition is based on the concept of “Tanagokoro” (works on the palm ). It stresses a egconcept-lesseh approach, where the only requirement being that each artist compress their vision and imagination within the confines of their object or work.

The title of the exhibition “108″ (one hundred eight) is drawn from the Buddhist notion of the number of “BON-NOH” desires that human beings are subject. “BON-NOH” can be roughly translated into Japanese from the Sanskrit “kleas” meaning passions that humans are believed to possess.

The 108 “BON-NOH” are broken down into six types involving the senses (eyes, ears, tongue, nose, body and mind) that perceive an object. This object then be considered desirable, undesirable, or ambivalent, resulting in a total of 18 possibilities. Given each feeling can be either be pleasurable or unpleasurable 36 possible emotional responses are possible. These 36 basic passions of man are now multiplied with aspects of past, present, and future, producing a final total of 108 “BON-NOH”s. On New Year’s Eve in Japan there is a custom that all temples toll 108 times beginning at midnight to purify those “BON-NOH”s.

The Japanese are fond of things that can be held in the hand. One can witness the allure of such objects in a tea set or netsuke. In a broader context, “The aesthetics of shrinkage” can be considered a characteristic of Asian culture, exemplified best perhaps, in such things of “BONSAI” and “HAIKU”.

*Antiques provided by Ikeuchi Fine Arts.
Other objects selected and collected by the curator.

Review: The New York Times, January 2, 2004 by Holland Cotter

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