Danshaku Miyazawa in mid air
3.20(sat) | 17:00 - 19:00
at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP | Tokyo
Tokyo Gallery + BTAP proudly present Miyazawa Danshaku's solo exhibition, "In Mid Air." Miyazawa is a new rising artist who has exhibited in Tokyo Wonder Site's group exhibition in 2004, "Wonder Wall." In 2008, soon after Miyazawa held a joint exhibition with Nozomi Kobayashi in "comings and goings," he exhibited numerous works in foreign art fairs. For his first solo exhibition, Miyazawa plans to exhibit his recent years' series of drawings.
The heritage of Western art previously succeeded from the categorization of portraitures, landscape paintings and still-life paintings, is now invalidated by the rise of abstract art in the 20th century. The appearance of abstract art allows the contemporary world to expand just like the expansion of the market with the abstraction in the idea of currency. The domination of abstract art in the market is the presupposition of the rise of abstract figurative paintings in modern Japan.
If we say that contemporary portraiture is an expression of an individual, then what is the meaning of portraitures in the modern market where every single individual is being reciprocated? No matter how concrete the figures are painted, the market will reduce it to abstract values. Therefore, many Japanese abstract figurative artworks being proposed to the art market, sometimes as a parody or as a comment on naive sensibility, are located far from the category of portraiture.
Miyazawa Danshaku is an artist with no previous artistic education, thus allowing him to be separated completely from the market described above. He composed his human figures with innumerable forms of circles and dots, using of lead pencil and watercolors in his drawing works. His delicate and ultrafine brushstrokes change into concrete figures on screen. And it is these brief changes conceived on paper in which the place the contemporary people's diluted "individuality," caused by the expanding market, exists.
Critique : Tsunehiro Uno "From the external world to the environment: childishness and 'particular' degeneration"