Despite the economic turmoil, thousands of art industry insiders, collectors, and aficionados still turnout for the annual "Armory Week" in New York City. Aside from the slew of major art fairs, a few artists also open their own solo exhibition this week, which includes our friend, Tomokazu Matsuyama at Joshua Liner Gallery last evening.
Hailed as one of first pioneering Japanese artist who bridged the cultural gaps between Japan and America. Matsuyama's (formerly known as MATZU-MTP) exposure to both at an early age gave him and his creations distinctiveness unlike any other, a style which does not fall in either American Pop-Art or Japanese Contemporary circles. Instead, portions of his work resonate certain iconic aspect of each culture, but never as a whole. This signature is reflected throughout this show, Glancing at the Twin Peak, with several references to 2 creative geniuses of the past painter Sanraku Kano from 16th century Japan and Frederic Remington of 19th century America.
Measured at 2-meter in height, the fiberglass sculpture Wherever I Am, captured the mythic of American West found in Frederic Remington's The Bronco Buster a century past. However, it also incorporated the playful and "Kawaii" nature of Japanese pop culture with a Playmobile-like toy caricature as the cowboy. One other centerpiece is the 7' x 15' painting Runnin'Deep, one in reference of the rifts of, again, the 2 cultures. While retained much of their "Japanese" appearances, the 2 riders featured still embodied much of the Pony Express image.
The exhibition will be on display until April 4th. A show you definitely don't want to miss if you are in the New York metro area. And for a brief interview with Matsuyama and a visit to his studio, check out the post our friends did at Arrested Motions.
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 West 28th Street, 3rd Fl. | Map
New York, NY 10001
TEL #: 212-244-7415
Exhibition Date: March 6th (Friday) - April 4th (Saturday)