Nanzuka Gallery Heads to New York With Haroshi, Makoto Taniguchi, and Masato Mori

Jun 29, 2018Petzel Gallery, New York City

On June 29th, Nanzuka gallery will open their presentation at Petzel Gallery in NYC as a part of the CONDO NY 2018 gallery sharing program. This ongoing international project will produce collaborative exhibitions from 47 participating galleries, presenting their artists across 21 NY art spaces and venues. The Tokyo-based gallery selected works by 3 Japanese artists - Haroshi, Makoto Taniguchi, and Masato Mori, providing a brief glimpse into the contemporary art scene in their homeland. The participating artists will showcase their diverse styles and the unique artistic techniques they use to produce them.

Back in NY just over 6 months since his last show at Arsham Fieg gallery, Haroshi will present a series of small sculptures that combine his skateboard deck carvings with recycled soft vinyl toys. Pushing his craftsmanship to a higher level than ever, the Tokyo-based artist created a large number of original sculptures that require an impressive amount of both technical skill and imaginative thought to produce. Making connections between repurposing a broken skateboard deck and a broken toy, he contextualizes his two biggest passions; skateboarding and action toys. Simultaneously, he's initiated an unprecedented fusion of a widely popular Japanese sub-culture and a future Olympic sport born from street culture.

Makoto Taniguchi brings 4 new pieces, painted using a fresh concept that combines mirror and glass. While obviously referring to the aesthetics of female figures symbolically characterized in Japanese animations, his works have a certain distance from such a stereotypical notion. By painting bland figures that never expose emotions, he stands against the uniformity of female characters in the genre. This is further accented by reverse painting his work on glass, and then reflecting the desired image on a mirror, creating a physical distance between the work and the subject.

Masato Mori's artistic practice includes publishing original comic books along with actively showing at galleries and in the street art scene. Throughout his career, he has referenced Japanese cartoons and video games as a local take on pop art that resonates. For this NYC showcase, Mori produced expressive paintings that are meant to depict his everyday life. These eccentric "self-portraits" carry a comical aspect that reflects his notion of art, its pureness, and its innocence, through the creation of rich quirky images full of details from artist's personal life.––Sasha Bogojev