Field of Flux
Tsukasa Kanawa / Mariko Fujimoto / Taishi Shingu / Takura Suzuki / Tatsuya Matsushita
September 8 (Fri) – October 5 (Thu), 2023
N project is pleased to present “Field of Flux,” a group exhibition by five Japanese artists from MATSUYAMA STUDIO, from September 8 (Fri) to October 5 (Thu), 2023.
At Tomokazu Matsuyama’s studio, a vast 750 square meter space on the top floor of a building in Greenpoint, located in the northernmost part of Brooklyn, New York, a total of 28 staff members participate in the production of his works. Among them, many are artists in their own right who have been actively exhibiting both in New York and abroad. While taking cues from Matsuyama’s production techniques and philosophy, each artist continues to develop their own distinct and independent approach.
This exhibition brings together five of these artists for the first time in Japan: Tsukasa Kanawa, Mariko Fujimoto, Taishi Shingu, Takura Suzuki, and Tatsuya Matsushita.
Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Tsukasa Kanawa (b. 1986) moved to New York following his graduation from the Design Department of Nagoya City Industrial Arts High School in 2005. Inspired by clubbing and house and techno dance parties, Kanawa’s paintings depict the fusion of music and movement with his own experiences.
Mariko Fujimoto (b. 1991) creates paintings that she regards as relatable personal picture diaries. Combining imaginary images, landscapes, and figures with striking gazes, her works emit an aura of nostalgia that evoke a deep sense of empathy. Fujimoto graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in oil painting, and currently lives and works in New York.
Taishi Shingu (b. 1985) graduated from the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, and moved to New York in 2021, where he currently works as a painting staff member at MATSUYAMA STUDIO. His interest in “the field in which the meaning of things arises” functions as the foundation of his inspiration, and his works suggest new proposals and ideas for the issues affecting today’s information-oriented society.
Focusing on the relationship between contemporary digital technology and humans, Takura Suzuki’s (b. 1996) works depict the ways in which this relationship shapes today’s society, conveying his worldview through metaphorical means. Suzuki received his degree in painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019 and his degree in visual arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021, whereafter he transferred to New York, where he now lives and works.
Tatsuya Matsushita (b. 1982) graduated from the Department of Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, with a major in Oil Painting, and exhibited actively in Tokyo before relocating to New York in 2022. He refers to the dark, sludgy, eerie aspect of past Japanese art expression as “visual tactility,” and by incorporating this aspect heavily into his works, he aims to create contemporary art that emerges from a connection with Japanese modern art.
In reference to the 5 artists’ diverse explorations of the relatively-defined concepts of “things that last” and “things that are washed away”, the exhibition has been titled “Field of Flux.”
We hope you will take this opportunity to visit the exhibition at N project.
September 8 (Fri) – October 5 (Thu), 2023 Weekday 10:00-17:00 Saturday 11:00-18:00 *Closed on Sundays and National Holidays Cooperated by MATSUYAMA STUDIO