76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented After the Reality 2, an exhibition curated by Tokyo gallerist Hiromi Yoshii that featured work by Yosuke Bandai, Enlightenment, Daisuke Fukunaga, Ujino Muneteru, Nobuyasu Sato, Yukiko Shibata, Akira Shimidu, and Koichi Toya. They were among the most intriguing new Japanese artists to have emerged after the generation of ‘Superflat’ – the Japanese post-modern art movement championed by Takashi Murakami. With the exception of the art collective Enlightenment, who were godfathers to the emerging generation, all of the artists were showing their work in New York for the first time.
The artists in the exhibition shared an interest in addressing the way culture had changed since 9/11. "After the Reality" was an idiom proposed by art critic Kentaro Ichihara to describe this new post-9/11 attitude. This was the second exhibition on this theme presented by Deitch Projects and curated by Yoshii. The first took place in July of 2006, and included such artists as Yoshitaka Azuma and Koichi Enomoto, who went on to achieve further international recognition.
Led by Hiro Sugiyama, Enlightenment worked with digital images, developing them into various artistic media ranging from graphic design, digital painting, sculpture, and video work. Their digitally manipulated images, created through the use of labor-intensive computer techniques, blurred the boundary between photography and painting as well as commercial and fine art. Enlightenment was interested in the “between-space”-- not just the space between commercial and fine art, but also life and death, good and evil, the old and the new, Western and non-Western, and the real and the fantastical. The collective was also well known for their VJ performances in Tokyo. The other members of Enlightenment included Akiyoshi Mishima, Shigeru Suzuki, and Kaname Yamaguchi.
Tokyo-based artist and performer, Ujino Muneteru, was known for his unique sound sculpture called The Rotators. The artist restored the sentimental value of once-discarded objects by turning them into hybrid musical instruments. He assembled banal everyday-life articles such as electric drills, food processors, hair-dryers, and vacuum cleaners to make variable beat sounds. The Rotators explored the bipolar concepts of the tangible (i.e. ready-made recycled objects) and the intangible (i.e. sounds), and the old and the new. Ujino’s sound installations included discarded elements that related specifically to each country where he performed and he adapted his live performance to the exhibition location by referencing local music.
A special live VJ performance by Enlightenment and sound-sculpture performance by Ujino Muneteru took place in the exhibition space on Wednesday April 9th from 7-9pm.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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