It's no secret that we're having a thing for weird futuristic art from Japan, and the show that Nanzuka in Tokyo is having on view these days is right up that alley. Titled 199X, their current exhibition by Hiroki Tsukuda marks artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery.
This body of work is strongly inspired by the different visions of the post-apocalyptic world from various sources, along with the mandatory manga aesthetics influences. Regularly starting with a digital collage that combines drawings and snapshot photographs, the two-dimensional images are then entirely rendered by hand. By manipulating the color, orientation, and resolution of the original image, Tsukuda is destroying the existing context and adds his own by merging them with his improvisational drawings. This process is the result of the artist's belief in the pluralistic means of visual recognition over a common homogenous vision. Interested in the way that the meaning of things changes according to relative relationships, he finds inspiration in the ways architectural structures can emerge from natural landscapes, and objects can appear different depending on the ways they are combined.
For this particular showcase, he created a series of drawings, assemblages of everyday items and found objects, and silkscreen prints on acrylic frames, all depicting the imaginary destruction of civilization in the year 199X. Drawing parallels with the cold war era and the possibility of nuclear war, with these works he is commenting on the modern day evolution of AI and VR, as well as important issues concerning radioactivity in his homeland. —Sasha Bogojev