Ę™ MARUTA Sai Exhibition °»PEACE and WAVES°…°  2F °ň
Ę™ Robert Waters "MAN" °  5F °ň

MARUTA Sai Exhibition °»PEACE and WAVES°…°  2F °ň

  • MARUTA Sai
  • World Peace (detail)
  • 2009
  • Rotring pen, acrylic on paper
  • 116.8°Ŗ1000cm
  • photo: MIYAJIMA Kei
  • ( c ) MARUTA Sai Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
Mizuma Action (Nakameguro) will hold MARUTA Sai°«s exhibition °»Peace and Waves°… from July 14th, 2010.
A painter born in the city of Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture in 1969, this exhibition is Maruta Sai°«s first solo show in Tokyo.
Among his use of acrylic and oil paint on paper or canvas, the artist°«s expression through his use of the pen is a major element in his works. More than half of the realization time is spent °∆hitting°« more than °∆drawing°« the surface with a German made 0.1mm Rotring pen used for industrial drawings. The countless dots constitute the mysterious world of Maruta, changing slightly depending on the position of the viewer, then becoming an unique overwhelming universe when seen from a distance.
The origin of the exhibition°«s title °∆Peace and Waves°« is to be found at that micro level of the artist°«s expression. Maruta spent one year hitting dots 10 hours a day as a prayer for Peace, eventually completing this time exhibition°«s 10 meter-long spectacular work.

Maruta°«s almost ten years old strain at his Rotring technique reveals the artist°«s strong interest for Leonardo Da Vinci who is said to have adopted a similar use of dots. According to the artist, the act of °∆hitting°« beginning like the morning prayers differs from the pleasant fact of °∆drawing°«, rather leading to the world of an ascetic monk chanting a million prayers to the Buddha.

Maruta who used to live in Tokyo says that he found what his self what longing for when he moved back to Nagasaki, exhausted by his life in the capital. There was the thicket of the mountain grass and the smell of the seashore he enjoyed as a child. His pathetic affection toward his native Nagasaki reduced to a burnt-out area by the dropping of the atomic bomb faces his nostalgia for the past and his hope for the future, his prayers or Love and Peace, proved to be the incentive to producing his work.
The central piece of this exhibition °Ĺ the ten-meter-wide°°°∆World Peace' °Ĺ depicts the beasts of the land and of the sea, the memories and legends of wars lurking in historical streets and buildings from all time and all places, buddhas, temples and shrines, a majestic mythological universe reflecting the artist°«s imagination. This work is like made of the artist°«s prayers for Peace, each dot holding one of them.
Maruta hopes to share the intensity of his feeling through his work, praying for the advent of a true era of Peace yet to come.
We must not forget the war and the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima that happened more than 65 years ago.
We want this exhibition to be an occasion to look back at War and Peace in our society where information and time always flow more rapidly.

Robert Waters "MAN" °  5F °ň

Mizuma Action (NAKAMEGURO Space 5F) is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in Asia of controversial Canadian artist Robert Waters.

Roberts Waters°« practice is a study of our ongoing evolution in post-industrial society, focusing on changing social structures to examine human domestication. His work explores biological imperatives and our desire to transcend them, concentrating on perceived divisions of body and mind, and concepts of control and freedom. Comprised of installations and drawing series, his projects investigate human nature through themes of male sexuality, violence and mortality. They are made using familiar materials that specifically reference their visual content, emphasizing connections between formal and conceptual considerations. In exploring personal and social themes his projects embody political motives in defence of difference towards equality. In presenting the human body as a site of political action Waters aims to provoke a questioning of self-knowledge and social control.

Waters°« provocative representation of masculinity and unusual choice of materials have been a defining feature of his work and earned him international recognition. His ongoing drawing series Clean up your act you dirty faggots, for example, portrays gay pornographic images made with bleach and iodine on paper. Over time, the iodine fades completely away, and the bleach corrodes through the paper. The images are taken from gay pornography from the 1970's, before the onset of HIV/AIDS and are a ghostly memorial to sickness and loss, and an awkward collision of gay rights and the sterilization of sex. In this show, Waters is presenting drawings from 2003, 2005 and new ones painted specifically for this exhibition, to showcase the deterioration of the images over time.

  • "MaC (Carrillo Gil, 2005)"

His series of installations Man at Computer, presented before in various locations in Europe, North America and Mexico, investigates our growing intimacy with technology by bringing a private, common scene into the public realm.

The series documents the physical relationships of men alone at night in the glow of their computers, alluding both to sexual exploration and erotic alienation. The series is executed with brown packing tape applied directly to the wall using labour-intensive cutting techniques to reveal the wall underneath.

A new series Killing San Sebastian is featuring a life-size drawing of San Sebastian that is °»completed°… in the gallery by being shot at with bows and arrows. The drawings is based on famous paintings and sculptures of the Christian martyr, executed on a traditional archery target. The large-scale drawing will be accompanied by small preparatory drawings, hung in a grid, which examines the male body and the expression of religious ecstasy associated with San Sebastian.

Curated by Shai Ohayon, the exhibition °»MAN°… will expose contradictory expressions of masculinity in contemporary society. In an attempt to understand the conflicted relationship between sexuality and violence, °»MAN°… will feature distinct projects in various media; installations (Man at Computer, Target That Won°«t Feel A Thing), a video (Learning to Care/Learning Not to Care), a performance (Killing San Sebastian) and several drawing series (Clean Up Your Act You Dirty Faggots, Are You a Body or Do You Have a Body, and Jungle Gym).