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Tomoaki Ishihara

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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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In the first room, he has stacked a spiral of canvases, each one painted several times, with the various layers dripping over the sides of the canvas. The final layer is painted blue. Some canvases bear a portion of the image of a photographic nude. Stacked in the spiral, the overlapping canvases form three complete figures, each of which appears to rise.

In the second room, a rotating mirrored ball reflects off a light set into the floor, covering the walls with moving circles of lights. A light box in the ceiling is constructed around the mirrored ball. It is built to illuminate the transparency of a rising figure.

Artist Statement

First, a hypothesis: “I am not a genius.” Second, a fact: “I have an ordinary body.” Third, a hope: “I wish to change history.” Fourth, a determination: “ I won’t ask God.” In this way, I create myself and the details of the world working with awareness and love. I’m a common type of person you often come across.


Three Japanese Artists: March 23 - July 7, 1991
About The Artist

Born in Osaka, Japan, 1959, lives and works in Osaka, Japan

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