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2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES PART2  Aya Ohnishi, Jack McLean, Macoto Murayama, Naoki Yamamoto, Rei Aruga, Taisuke Mohri, Cousteau Tazuke   2010 Mar.19th Fri. -  Apr.3rd Sat.  Curated by Rodion Trofimchenko

“2010 frantic underlines" supports the radical changes that are happening just now in the contemporary Japanese art scene. We observe the decline of the despotic empire of the “Wonderland"-style art and consequent unfolding of a plurality of new dimensions in contemporary art. We stand now at a crossroad that could lead in multiple directions. We see art that exists in parallel to the bubbled surface of the Superflat--Micropop history. We foresee new exhibitions that are based on contemplation and consciousness, not the empty self-obliterating hedonism of amusement parks. We make 2,010 frantic underlines to mark one of starting line for the art of the future and to provide vectors that lead to those artists who have actually always been here.

frantic gallery underlines Jack McLean, a man who has attacked major museums and galleries around the world with “involuntary acquisitions", installing his micro sculptures in their spaces and thus making his tiny works a part of permanent exhibitions at the Guggenheim, MOMA in NY, the Pompidou, Tate and more. McLean ? a notorious artist in his home country of Scotland -- worked out a detailed plan for an arson attack on his own art school for his master degree presentation at the Glasgow School of Art. Now, frantic gallery is honored to become the official and exclusive representative of McLean's “Holes" series, including a set of sketches, photos and video documentations as well as the tools and camouflage used to dig holes between 2008 and 2010 in major parks in Tokyo, London, New York and elsewhere. We are happy to announce that McLean has agreed that frantic gallery is the sole entity that may exhibit and sell McLean's holes to public and private collections.

frantic gallery underlines Macoto Murayama's synthesis of Botanical Art and
Technical Art -- Inorganic Flora -- images combining the organic delicateness of nature and the scientific sharpness of technology. We stress the necessity of paying attention to and presenting the kinds of Japanese New Media Art that rather than offer the banality of video game amusement or the dullness of gadgets' tricks links us to conceptually revolutionary materials and techniques; the history of art; and the deep sensuality of common things.

frantic underlines Naoki Yamamoto's images of dismemberment done with a graphic technique and filled with humor and the absurd. We emphasize the Street Art vibe in his paintings which is apparent in the sophisticated topology and surrealistic figures in these works. We are glad to have the possibility of presenting a Japanese artist who doesn't look like a “Japanese artist", thus shaking loose the constricting stereotypical perceptions of contemporary Japanese art.

frantic gallery underlines Rei Aruga's wax figures and uncanny paintings made by simply applying bees' wax on canvas, that present blurry images of women in the midst of hysteria and men in the act of self-obliteration. All without titles, these works are manifestations of a radical negation of identity: The bees' wax, this viscous, unfixed material with which they are produced, is used to depict people with similarly unstable inner states and undefined faces.

frantic gallery underlines Taisuke Mohri's painting technique, which exceeds the abilities of both nature and machines in copying and bringing to life the reproductions of objects. By accelerating the technique of mimesis, this artist enters into a world of beauty never experienced before that generates a feeling of the uncanny. At the same time, Mohri approaches questions relating to “the real", “the original" and “the copy" from a new angle. This time we present “Resurrections: Giuliano de' Medici(1526-33)" in which he not only brings to life the subject of a Renaissance sculpture but shows the traces of its aging.

frantic gallery underlines Cousteau Tazuke's unconventional painting technique that reveals an aggressively intense imagination. Tazuke carves into clear acrylic panels, pours acid-colored paint in the resulting cavities and then exhibits these works backwards, thus subverting the opposition of the front and the rear -- the positive and negative -- of the picture and transcending the borderline between the process of carving and the work of drawing, the art of sculpture and that of painting.

2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES PART2
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大西彩

1978
Born in Kagawa
2001
Graduated Tokyo University of Industrial Art, Art Department

Awards

2002
NHK Digital Stage Prize
2001
Yurii Norshtein Prize

Group Exhibitions

2009
"My Favorite Things", art project frantic &unseal cotemporary Joint Exhibition,Tokyo
2004
"Nostalgic pupils" 4 persons exhibition, Gallery Techo, Tokyo
2002
Intercollege Animation Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

Jack McLean ジャック・マクリーン

1962
Born in Glasgow Scotland
2009
MFA Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Solo Shows
2007
Black Line Glamour, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver Canada
2006
Ibsen 2006 Peer Gynt, United Nations Gallery, Tokyo Japan

Group Exhibitions

2009
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow UK
2008
Lincart Gallery, San Francisco USA 2008 Party Headquarters Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York USA

Solo Shows

2007
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Frieze, London UK
2006 Are you here?, Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo Japan
2006
The beautiful game, Roebling Hall Gallery, New York USA
What war?, White Box Gallery, New York USA
ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan

Public Collections (Involuntary)

Tate Britain, London, UK
Guggenheim, NYC
MOCA, LA
MOMA, NYC
Hara Museum, Tokyo
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
DAAD, Berlin
Pompidou Centre, Paris

村山誠

1984
Born in Kanagawa
2007
Miyagi University, Information Design Dept., Spatial Design course, B.A.
2009
Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences (IAMAS), Media Expression Dept., completed.
2009-
2010
Researcher at IAMAS

Solo Exhibitions

2011
"Inorganic flora", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2012
"OUT of FLAT!", Galerie Hengevoss Duerkop, Hamburg, Germany
2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic, Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"Exhibition of Objects Under Observation"(with Toshitaka Mochizuki), art project frantic, Tokyo
2009
"My Favorite Things, Unseal Contemporary and art project frantic Joint Exhibition", Tokyo
2009
"Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2009", Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"PLAYING BACK SURFACE Ⅱ - digital images of contemporary art - ", Toyota Municipal Museum of Art Civic Gallery, Aichi, Japan
2009
"IAMAS 2009", Softopia Japan Center Builiding, Gifu, Japan
2008
"OGAKI BIENNALE 2008", Takaya-cho Underpass, Gifu, Japan

Awards

  • Asia Digital Art Award

Naoki Yamamoto 山本直輝

1982
Born in Saitama
2007
Graduated East Art School, Graphic Course

Awards

Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize

Group Exhibition

2009
Geisai#12, Big Sight, Tokyo
Tokyo Wonder Wall, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Tokyo Wonder Wall Metropolitan Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bldg. Tokyo
2008
Geisai Museum#2, Big Sight, Tokyo
Geisai#11, Big Sight, Tokyo
Amuse Art Jam, Tokyo Culture Museum, Tokyo

Rei Aruga 有賀礼

1984
Born in Yamanashi, Japan
2009
Completed Master's Degree Program in Graduate School of Education, Yokohama National University

Solo Exhibition

2007
"Rei Aruga Exhibition," Gallery Motomachi,Yokohama
2009
"My Trace", Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2007
"Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize" Exhibition, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
"Two Person Exhibition ,"Gallery Tomo, Tokyo
"Tokyo Wonder Wall 2007," Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
2008
GEISAI#11," Tokyo Big Sight

毛利太祐

1983
Born in Sapporo
2009
Tokyo Art University, B.A. Industrial Arts

Awards

2008
"Fujino Prize”, Fujino Kinzoku Co.

Solo Exhibitions

2013
"The Resurrections", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2012
"The Cracked Portraits", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"frantic drawings", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"Extra Real" Exhibition, ULTRA002, Spiral Garden, Tokyo
2009
"My Favorite Things", art project frantic&unseal cotemporary Joint Exhibition, Tokyo
2009
"Archives", Shinwa Art Museum, Tokyo
2009
"Graduated Works Exhibition of Tokyo Art University", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo
2008
"stop by art", Ueno Station Gallery, Tokyo
2008
"Vessels" Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department, Art Square, Tokyo
2006
"plug", LE DECO, Tokyo

田附楠人

1982
Born in Osaka, Japan
2007
Tama Art University, Department of Graphic Design, B.A.
2010
Tama Art University, Department of Painting, M.A.

Solo Exhibitions

2010
"Structure beyond Function", Traditional Japanese Sake Storehouse, Kamakura
2009
"Tazuke Cousteau Solo Exhibition", ANOTHER FUNCTION, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2012
"OUT of FLAT!", Galerie Hengevoss Duerkop, Hamburg, Germany
2011
"Alternative Lines", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"circle", CCAA, Tokyo
"Wakuraha", Gallery .b.Tokyo, Tokyo
"Graduation Works Exhibition",The National Art Center, Tokyo
2008
"no border", Tama Art University Gallery, Tokyo
2007
"Graduation Works Exhibition", Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo