Contemporary Life

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March 23 – April 28, 2012

Artist: Toru Ishii


Opening Reception: Friday, March 23, 6-8PM

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Contempirary Life”, solo exhibition by Toru Ishii at the Front Space.

In this exhibition, “Contempirary Life” deals with visualizations of bodies (company employees) and sceneries (convenience stores, fast food restaurants, vending machines, urban spaces) of contemporary social life. Based on a definition of the act of dyeing as “fixation = conservation”, Ishii utilizes paintings as media for conserving icons and surface of a universal language that is characteristic of today’s capitalist society. As a successor of the new generation of Japanese traditional crafts, Ishii is developing a fusion of ancient craft and contemporary art, and is establishing new value of innovative traditional art in the present time.
Ishii is taking PhD at Tokyo University of the Arts. He has had solo exhibition at Mizuma Action and Tokyo Operacity Gallery among others in Tokyo. This is his first solo show in New York.

Image: “Tunashiro Sakura Pattern” 2012, Yuzen dyeing on silk, panel, 42.5×42.5cm

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