March 12 2009
Before his solo exhibition at the Asia Society, the famous Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara presents his new works in preview at the at the Marianne Boesky gallery, until March 28th. His famous mixture of naive and aggressive figures where children and animals wear weapons already became cult.
Here are presented two new installations and selected paintings...
“Constructed from reclaimed wood, the forms of the two immense sculptures recall stylized tannenbaums, with their roof shingling evoking exaggerated tree needles. Small cut-out windows and hanging lights punctuate the sculptures, providing them with the feel of a house or some surreal abode. The structures are hollow and present interiors replete with drawings and paintings all created in the artist's hand, and with a multitude of stuffed animals from fans selected by the artist(…)The paintings, rendered on both canvas and wooden billboards, depict lone portraits of dreamy-eyed figures. Pencil and colored pencil drawings on found envelopes and discarded papers similarly parse the psychological landscape of their subjects.”
Mischivious and tender, the universe depicted gives us this feeling of uncanny, dear and so well expressed by the artist : the soft yellow light inside the built houses, which whisperes us to come in, the big and round eyes of the little girl portrait scrutinizing us, and the pile of stuffed animals, left to abandon. All those elements are created to look familiar, but an indefinite shadow is flying over the place. A tasteful preview before the solo exhibition…
[Visual above: Yoshitomo Nara, installation view at the Marianne Boesky gallery, New York, 2009. Courtesy Marianne Boesky gallery]
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