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Shinro Ohtake12 October - 12 December 2014

Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake, 'Scrapbook #66', 2010-2012. Mixed media artist book, 72 x 96 x 129 cm, 27.2 kg, 830 pages. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake, 'Time Memory 28' (detail), 2014. 220.5 x 300.5 x 10.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake, 'Retina (New Tong of Tangier I)' (detail), 1992 – 93. 216 x 212 x 82 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

SO Japanese Comics

Shinro Ohtake, 'Japanese Comics', 2000. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

SO Radio Head Surfer

Shinro Ohtake, 'Radio Head Surfer', 1994-95. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake 'Time Memory 9'

Shinro Ohtake, 'Time Memory 9, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake: Layers of Time Memory 2

Shinro Ohtake, 'Layers of Time Memory 2, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Shinro Ohtake, 'Frost #5'

Shinro Ohtake, 'Frost #5', 1989. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Overview

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present a solo exhibition devoted to the work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake, from 12 October to 12 December 2014.

(Preview Saturday 11 October 6.30 - 9 pm)

With an extensive, diverse and innovative body of works executed over the past thirty years, Shinro Ohtake has clearly positioned himself as one of the most important creative forces in contemporary Japanese art. Ohtake’s oeuvre includes drawing, pasted works, painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as experimental music and videos, but the activity of cutting and pasting is clearly his most powerful form of expression. Much of his work utilises found images and scraps discarded from urban culture and the mass media, often with reference to the underground music culture. In 1977, Ohtake began his ongoing series of ‘Scrapbooks’, for which he is renowned and has to date completed more than sixty. Due to the elaborate process of making the Scrapbooks, each one becomes both a painted and sculptural entity. An extensive presentation of his Scrapbooks was shown during the 2013 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition at Parasol unit provides important exposure of Ohtake’s early, recent and new works. It focuses particularly on his ‘Retina’ and ‘Time Memory’ series, but also includes works from the ‘Frost’ and ‘Cell’ series. Several of Ohtake’s films, another integral part of his practice, will also be screened during the exhibition.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, this exhibition is Shinro Ohtake’s first major show in a public London institution. It is accompanied by a full colour publication, including essays by Marco Livingstone and Julien Bismuth, and a related programme of educational events, family workshops, a poetry workshop and an artist talk at the Japan Foundation, London.

Born in 1955 in Tokyo, Shinro Ohtake is one of Japan’s leading and most innovative contemporary artists. His practice extends from the creation of visual arts projects and artist books to sound and architectural projects. Shinro Ohtake was recently awarded one of Japan’s most prestigious art awards: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Minister’s Award for the Fine Arts 2013–2014.

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Asahi Group Arts Foundation
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Japan Foundation
Pola Art Foundation

Reviews

More typically, it’s chaotic and expressionist, a visceral evocation of media clamour. At times it’s funny, as with Radio Head Surfer, a kind of rave-era robot. Working with found images, his connection with mass media always feels personal.

Skye Sherwin, The Guardian Guide, 18 Oct 2014

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