japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto)
 
japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto)
aug 12, 2012

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto)

‘metamorphosis: give me your wings’ by mr. image © mr./kaikai kiki co., ltd.  courtesy the artist and lehmann maupin gallery, new york

mr.: metamorphosis – give me your wings lehmann maupin gallery, new york 13 september – 27 october 2012

japanese artist mr. will be showcasing a new body of work entitled ‘metamorphosis: give me your wings’ at lehmann maupin gallery in new york, to be presented as a large installation in the middle of the main gallery and interspersed with a series of his latest paintings. the exhibition reflects on the catastrophic events of march 11, 2011, articulating the post-disaster anxiety and frustration of his country’s people.

the artist communicates the collective depression from being unable to express their discontentment with the recent economic halt, the earthquakes in eastern japan, and the repercussions of the nuclear disaster. mr. translates these thoughts and observations into a complex, anarchic installation that serves as an immersive sculpture, forcing the audience to interact with the work in a way that could be psychologically unsettling.

the piece aspires to blur the distinction between the interior and exterior through the deliberate orchestration of structure and construction, transmitting an unfamiliar experience most people have not lived through so that viewers are given insight into the nation’s mentality without ever knowing it.

built from a miscellany of rubbish and ordinary objects representing japanese life, the sculpture echoes the debris that cloaked the city of tohoku in the aftermath of march 11.

to contrast the pensive nature of the installation, the eclectic display will also include new paintings that reflect mr.’s continued exploration of otaku, the ‘cute’ subculture characterized by fetishistic passion for young adolescents, technology, sci-fi literature, manga, anime, and video games. the manga illustrations are typified by vivid colors and spirited imagery, addressing and investigating another element representative of japanese culture.

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) the installation will give insight into the japanese mentality post the catastrophic events of march 11, 2011 image © mr./kaikai kiki co., ltd.  courtesy the artist and lehmann maupin gallery, new york

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘production sketch’, 2012 image © mr./kaikai kiki co., ltd.  courtesy the artist and lehmann maupin gallery, new york

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘the new me’ 2011 by mr. acrylic on canvas 200 x 400 cm image © galerie perrotin

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘flower blooming out of season’, 2007 by mr. watercolor on paper 27.7 x 38 cm image © galerie perrotin

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘desire’, 2011 by mr. Acrylic on canvas 280 x 600 cm (4 panels) image © galerie perrotin

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘making things right’, 2006 by mr. acrylic on canvas 300 x 450 x 7 cm image © galerie perrotin

japanese post disaster anxiety through the vision of mr. (artist masakatsu iwamoto) ‘the boy who came to ikebukuro’, 2006 by mr. acrylic on canvas 182 x 182 cm image © galerie perrotin

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