Sing It Again Sweet Sunshine
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas2019
254.0 × 194.3 cm
West Bund Art & Design
KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce its participation in West Bund Art & Design in Shanghai from November 7th through 10th 2019, featuring works by a Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama.
This exhibition will present Matsuyama’s latest paintings created especially for the fair. Each of the large paintings depicts mashup of diametrical opposite components such as East and West, high culture and low culture, classical and modern references and much more, represented in intricate and detailed images. Along with the paintings is a sculpture which is a combination of contemporary motif and a traditional Japanese crafting method. Surrounded by the artworks, visitors will experience Matsuyama’s world of “contemporary art”.
Matsuyama’s work revolves around his own bicultural experience, growing up in Japan and America, by bringing together aspects of contrasting aesthetic systems. He then blurs the border by cramming overwhelming amount of references that he responds to, which relates to the present-day lifestyle of living in a society saturated with information. His artistic choice of repositioning traditional icons within a broader global context creates a distinctive style that resists cultural categorization. While his artworks themselves are impressive enough, it is not only the aesthetics of them that makes Matsuyama’s painting contemporary; it is his art making process of mashup-ing/editing images and allowing it to naturally portray what is “now” is an entirely new art form. By raising questions of national and individual identity through the formal qualities and subject matters of his paintings, Matsuyama examines the “natural chaos” of our social environments and challenges the viewers to confront their own conceptions of cultural homogeneity.
KOTARO NUKAGA invites you to visit the booth N309.
West Bund Art & Design
November 7 – November 10, 2019
Private view (invited guests only)
November 7, 12:00 – 20:00
November 8, 11:00 – 12:00
November 8, 12:00 – 19:00
November 9, 10:00 – 19:00
November 10, 10:00 – 19:00
2555 Long Teng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
- 2555 Long Teng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
- November 7 - November 10, 2019
- Private view (invited guests only)
- November 7, 12:00 - 20:00
- November 8, 11:00 - 12:00
- Public open
- November 8, 12:00 - 19:00
- November 9, 10:00 - 19:00
- November 10, 10:00 - 19:00