tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s
 

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s

a retrospective of japanese artist tetsuya ishida offers a glimpse into the angst-ridden reality of japan during the 1990s. currently on show at the reina sofiá museum in madrid, a retrospective of the artists work presents a formidable oeuvre, that puts a face to the desolation of a society radically altered by massive layoffs and speculation. entitled ‘self-portrait of another’, the exhibition brings together 70 of the artist’s afflictive paintings and drawings made between 1996 and 2004.

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s designboom

images © tetsuya ishida

 

 

testuya ishida was born in 1973 in yaizu, japan, and died in 2005 in tokyo. he came of age as a painter during japan’s ‘lost decade’, a time of economic recession that lasted through the 1990s. as a result his allegories offer an insight into the challenges faced during this time and the difficulty of maintaining morale.

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s designboom

 

 

representative of the period in which he worked, they capture feelings of hopelessness, isolation, anxiety, skepticism, claustrophobia and solitude. ishida captures the dehumanization of a generation, grappling with a lack of prospect and a country in economic turmoil. 

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s designboom

 

 

best known for his surreal portrayal of contemporary japanese life, ishida’s work features three major themes: japan’s identity and role in today’s world; japan’s social and academic educational structures; and japanese people’s struggles to adapt to social and technological changes in japanese contemporary life.

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s designboom

 

 

absurdist humor parallels emotional abjection in a way that makes the paintings accessible for the viewer. surrealist portrayals include school-boys and business-men, which appear to possess ishida’s own face, physically integrated with everyday household objects, as if entrapped by the props of existence.

tetsuya ishida's afflictive paintings capture japan's 'lost decade' of the 1990s designboom

 

 

‘tetsuya ishida: self-portrait of other,’ runs from april 12 to september 8 at the velázquez palace in madrid’s retiro park. the exhibition which has been organized by the reina sofía museum is then set to tour to the wrightwood gallery in chicago, united states, from october 3 to december 14.

 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    486,808 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    privacy policy