Narrative Abstract Art

日本語の説明は英語の下にある。

Can you believe it? I am already in another group show! It is at the ArtComplex Center of Tokyo (ACT). (Yes, Art and Complex are one word, and they could have used Complex or Center instead of both words. And the abbreviation only has one C. This is Japan. Style trumps logic almost every time.)

I think this might be an unusual show for ACT. Their shows tend to be serial shows with the same titles repeated annually or semi-annually, and their shows tend to feature art heavily influenced by manga. One or two abstract artists might be in a thematic show, but they are the minority.

On the Tokyo Art Navigation website, the organizers have this statement:

Abstract art has taken predominance over the centuries and has opened new grounds for artistic expression. What is abstract art and how do contemporary artists make it come to life?
We would like visitors to experience this genre of art and take away something from their gallery experience be it a feeling or an expression from the artists. 

Narrative Abstract Art runs from 11:00-8:00, February 23 to February 28. I plan on being there every weekday in the afternoon (my hours might vary slightly) as well as for  the reception on Saturday and a bit on Sunday. The reception is Saturday, February 27 from 5:30-7:30. Free wine for everybody! And of course a chance to hang out with the artists and chat with us all.

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Featured artists include:

Tetsuo Ida (Or Tetsuo I’ida)
Hebime (Snake Eyes)
Yoshito Ishi (or Ishi’i)
Vinn Wong
kinuwo
Ayako Kusama
Monzo Watanabe
Michelle Zacharias
Kaoru Edamoto
Teruikouei 
Madara Manji
Yuka Iwagami

 

Click names to view their websites or pages.

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Here is a map in Japanese for how to get there, or you could enter the name in English when you use your favorite map app. I prefer Shinanomachi station to Yotsuya Sanchome station.

語る抽象画展
世紀を超え、地域を超えて広がり、表現方法の幅を広げ続けてきた抽象画。そんな抽象画を現代作家はどのようにとらえ、どのように自身の表現としているのか。それぞれの出展作家が表現する世界を目で見て、肌で感じて頂けますと幸いです。

飯田哲夫    http://e-tetsu.com/
蛇目
イシイヨシト
Vinn Wong    www.vinnwong.com
kinuwo
草間 彩子    http://aya-note.tumblr.com
MONZO 渡邉
ザ カライアス、ミッシェル   http://www.mzacharias.com
枝元郁    http://edamoto.jimdo.com/
てるいこうえい
MADARA MANJI
岩上由佳

■会期
2016/2/23(tue)-2/28(sun)
11:00-20:00 ※最終日は18:00まで

■会場
The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo
160-0015 東京都新宿区大京町12-9 2F ACT5

■webページ
http://www.gallerycomplex.com/c/abstract/index.html

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Care to come in from the outside for a nice chat?