Shuntaro Tanikawa, Yayoi Kusama & Fujiko Nakaya: DOGO ONSENART 2014
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific project that invites the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures. ACC Grantee Bundith Phunsombatlert researched all existing public sculptures in New York City and identified 100 sites to be incorporated in his final work. He then created small drawings of each sculpture and developed directional signs and maps that resemble standard U.S. National Park Service signage. The artwork is made up of signage for 100 public sculptures that contain distances drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and the group of wooden posts outside of the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Yokohama Triennale 2014
ACC Grantee Yuko Mohri assembles castoff umbrellas, old musical instruments, and machine parts to create installations that make subtle noises or humorous movements. In the Triennale, she presents a work based on handmade instruments left behind by a musician who had come to Japan from the United States in the 1950s and died in 2012, recreated as an automatic music generation device in which the sounds produced change over time.
ACC Grantee Masunobu Yoshimura founded the group Neo-Dadaism Organizers in 1960. During the 1960s, he earned accolades for technology-focused work such as Anti-material; Light on Möbius, consisting of light bulbs mounted on a Möbius strip, and showed work at the 1970 Osaka Expo. The Triennale is scheduled to exhibit works including Oh-Garasu (Japanese homonym of “The Large Glass,” and “a big crow”), created for the Fiber Pavilion at the Expo, and Pig; pig’ Lib;, created just after the Expo.
ACC Grantee Emiko Kasahara’s early sculptures questioned women’s role in society, and in recent years she has produced installations dealing with systems defined by society such as gender and religion. For the Triennale, she will present her installation Offering, consisting of photographs from a ten-year project documenting Christian churches and offertory elements throughout the world and sculptures she made on the basis of this field research.
ACC Grantee Miwa Yanagi’s insights into women’s issues, such as gender roles and youth versus age, are expressed dramatically in photographs that utilize computer graphics and special- effects makeup. She participated in the Yokohama Triennale in 2001 and represented Japan at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Since 2010, she has been involved in theater as well, and in this Triennale she presents a mobile stage truck for her new play Nichirin no tsubasa (Wings of the Sun), based on a text by Nakagami Kenji.
Text courtesy of Yokohama Triennale.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave
The Power Station of Art is proud to present the major solo exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave by the New York based Chinese-born artist, ACC Fellow Cai Guo-Qiang from August 8 to October 26, 2014 in Shanghai. This will be the first solo exhibition by a living artist at the institution, China’s first publicly funded contemporary art museum.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave unapologetically sheds light on one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind: Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. Evidenced by the high levels of smog in the air and the incident of 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River last year, environmental issues in China—and the world at large—have reached a critical level. Exploring the imminent challenge posed by the environment, the artist references a theme in traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy: humanity’s longing to return to a primordial landscape and spiritual homeland.
Photo and text courtesy of Cai Studio and Power Station of Art.
"REVERSE" is a solo exhibition by Tokyo-born New York City-based artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter. The show consists of five large-scale paintings of sprayed "Quick Turn Sctucture", which is Oyama's signature visual style. The Quick Turn Structure is usually drawn in black o na white background but for this exhibit Oyama has drawn in white on a dark backgroun, hence the title, "REVERSE".
Jian-Jun Zhang in Group Show, Nature and Beyond, at Leo Gallery
Visual artist Jian-Jun Zhang (ACC 1987) will be exhibiting in the group show, Nature and Beyond, at Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China. Included are hiscurrent video and painting works: Rubbing Sun, Rubbing Rain, and the Flowing Water series.
Jawshing Arthur Liou: “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”
State of the Art is the culmination of a year-long process that began with a focus on some 10,000 American artists and included more than 1,200 hours of in-studio interviews and thousands of miles logged by the curators conducting the primary research. State of the Art brings together the artwork of more than 100 artists, ranging from works on canvas and paper to photography and video to installation and performance art, and more. The exhibition examines the ways in which today’s artists are informed by the past, innovating with materials old and new, and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.
Victoria Miro is delighted to present a new body of sculptures and paintings by Japanese artist and ACC Grantee Yayoi Kusama dedicated to her iconic depiction of pumpkins.
Since her earliest formative years, in a family who made their living cultivating plant seeds, Kusama has been fascinated by the natural world. She has always had an affinity with nature, particularly vegetal and floral life, but the pumpkin continues to occupy a special place in her iconography and is a motif she has returned to repeatedly throughout her career.The artist has a strong personal identification with the pumpkin, and has described her images of them as a form of selfportraiture. She admires pumpkins for their hardiness and everyday quality, as well as for their unique and pleasing physical qualities.
Text courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery.
Enrici Isamu Oyama’s “Letterscape”
Enrico Isamu Oyama will be having a solo exhibit, "Landscape." It launches on October 17, with a live painting performance on November 8 from 4:00-6:00 PM.
ACC Grantee TAO Dance Theatre performs a brand new double bill as part of Dance Umbrella, performing for the first time on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells following sell out shows in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for creating dances that have a mesmeric, trance-like quality. In 6 & 7, Tao Ye continues his numbered series of experimentations that explore the potential of the human body as a purely visual form, freed from the constraints of story-telling or representation.
In 6, his six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light created by Swedish lighting designer Ellen Ruge. His latest work 7 continues Tao Ye’s fascination with pattern, precision and ritual, and is distinguished by a sound track of acoustic effects generated by the seven dancers’ own bodies. Both 6 & 7 will be accompanied by specially commissioned music from Chinese indie folk composer Xiao He.
Texts courtesy of Dance Umbrella.
Photo courtesy of Marco Feklistoff.
Robert Een Solo Performance
Een, composer, singer, cellist, performs his Walt Whitman song cycle for cello and voice, as well as a selection of his scores for dance, theater and film featuring a female vocalist and a hammer dulcimer player. Een is known for extended vocal/cello techniques and has recorded twelve albums of original music; scored films for directors Eric Stoltz, Noah Baumbach, and Tony Goldwyn, as well as theater/dance scores.