© Kazuhito Sahara

Kazuhito Sahara: Looking in, 2005
acrylic paints, mediums on cotton cloth, 5.5" x 7",
14 x 18 cm

Tokyo Story

Hideshi Ide
, Yoko Inoue, Yoshio Itagaki, Midori Mitamura, Yuichiro Nishizawa, Kazuhito Sahara, Motoi Yamamoto

Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati are pleased to announce the opening of a group show, entitled "Tokyo Story" curated by Japanese independent curator Natane Takeda.

One of the most significant Japanese movies, "Tokyo Story", by Yasujiro Ozu once demonstrated common everyday life situations of all times in the 50's in Tokyo. Ozu was intrigued with the changes Japan was undergoing and often questioned its traditional values. Almost five decades have past since "Tokyo Story" was made. The cityscape in the movie has become almost unrecognizable. Life values in Japan have continuously changed under the influences of rapid economic growth, the emergence and collapse of financial bubble, the rapid influx of Western culture and the IT revolution. What were once common values have been transformed into something different from the origins. Religious faith in Buddhism, for instance, has become more a fashion trend for the young generation. The extended family has shifted to a nuclear family and is urbanized. Mass consumption has become mass culture.

Though Tokyo has rapidly and continuously changed and modernized, Japanese tradition still remains.

This group show features seven emerging Japanese artists - whose respective work is different from each other for media and concept and are here tied together by the fact that each of them incorporates classical japanese conventions and traditions to some degree into their artworks, whether it is by illustrating habits and rituals or through a "classical" technique. Showcase of the works invites the viewer, as the movie did, to see a fragment of Tokyo past. Ultimately, the show is a nostalgic resurrection of Japanese convention and tradition, rediscovered through the eyes of Japanese contemporary artists.

Exhibition: June 29 - July 27, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 1 - 6 pm (in July)

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