After Mizuma Gallery’s last Japanese exhibition, The Great Exhibition by Ken & Jula Yonetani, comes Aoyama Satoru and Ken Ikeda with The Age of Disappearance. Like the Yonetanis, Aoyama and Ikeda are dealing with concern about the state of people in today’s society. While the Yonetanis had dealt with visual symbols of a world corrupted by past our actions, Aoyama and Ikeda are taking a more activist stand, pointing out our own investment in further corrupting the present and future.
One of the first things that catches the visitor is the use of UV light in the show. The usual gallery spots switch on and off, providing 2 different views of the works on show. Both Aoyama and Ikeda use invisible ink in their works, which only shows up in the presence of UV light.
With Aoyama, beautifully hand embroidered maps of the world reveal political boundaries when the lights go off, pointing out the invisibility of the difference between people from two countries. The unmarked atlas suggests a world united while the invisible thread shows us the societal fabric that divides us all.
Ikeda also plays with invisibility, using luminous and non-luminous paint to produce documentation after musical performance. Nails hammered at random spots on wooden boards boast unique splash patterns that are enjoyable to look at twice: once in regular light and again in UV light. These modest wooden boards were once connected to a more sophisticated electrical setup to produce experimental music. Rubber bands connect the nails, producing tones when strummed. The paint is distributed by Ikeda’s fingers, which have been stained by both luminous and non-luminous paint. It is an interesting series of work for thinking about action: was it sufficient to think about music (action), or do we also think about the aftermath of music (the boards)? As an additional layer of fun, the boards are two-faced, unable to reveal itself to the viewer in a single look. You do need to look at it at least twice.
The show features many more works, including a few pieces jointly made by Aoyama and Ikeda. As an additional bonus to street art lovers, the work of local artist Anthony “ANTZ” Chong makes a special appearance in several of Aoyama’s works.
There are just 2 more weeks before the show ends. Find out more about the exhibition on Mizuma Gallery’s website.
The Age of Disappearance: Two-person exhibition by Satoru Aoyama and Ken Ikeda
1 July – 6 August 2017
22 Lock Road #01-34
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Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 7pm
Sundays, 11am – 6pm