Nowhere -> Now here. JPS Gallery (Tokyo)

JPS Gallery is pleased to present to you Nowhere —> Now here, an influential group exhibition featuring three Japanese artists, including Arashi M, MOMO YAMA and Shintaro Inoue, whose works pay homage to the enduring attractiveness of women across different eras. Focusing on the artists’ most recent works, the exhibition captures momentary expressions of women at different stages of life, offering viewers a chance to engage in critical dialogues about the significant progression of femininity over the last century.

The generational divide between the artists is reflected in their creative process, resulting in three unique and different portrayals of iconic women of their time. In MOMO YAMA’s portraits of classic beauties, he weaves together vignettes of memories, stories, and fashions that serve to elaborate on the way of life in Paris in the 1920s. escaping the pain of war, MOMO YAMA’s works allow viewers to get an intimate glimpse of a beautiful woman enjoying her fleeting moment of peace. Multidisciplinary artist Arashi M focuses on depicting a diverse group of women during the early Shōwa period (1926-1945), a period of social reform for women in Japan and human relations had not yet been disrupted by technology. With a background of Japanese calligraphy, Shintaro Inoue’s clean lines and colorful luminous pigments in bold combinations depict abstract female figures that best represent the current era. Each woman’s unique past and societal experiences are reflected in Shintaro’s choice of colors and figuration, creating a series of portraits with rich narratives.

In addition to female beauty and fashion that can attract audiences at first glance, artists’ iconographic interpretations of female icons of their respective eras shed light on the changing beauty standards, values ​​and lifestyle of society. . Presenting a series of portraits that encourage the act of inquiry into past events that have brought us to this present moment.

Arashi M

Arashi M

Arashi M is a Japanese artist from Tokyo who worked as an art director for animation before becoming a contemporary artist. Working with a unique color palette he had cultivated as art director, Arashi uses a technique dubbed “Air of the Times”. His soft touches of paint on canvas embody the warmth and ambiguity of the memories he aims to express. Born in the Shōwa era, it hopes to take viewers back to a simpler time when electronic entertainment, smartphones and social media did not yet exist.

MOMO YAMA
MOMO YAMA

MOMO YAMA

Born in Shanghai and raised in Japan, MOMO YAMA presents a unique body of work that fuses multiple cultures such as fashion, fine art, street art and entertainment. MOMO YAMA is known as the “modern Lautrec” in artistic society because his artistic style is full of aesthetic sensibilities in combination with the melancholy of life. The melancholic, elegant and somewhat mysterious women in his works take viewers on a journey to Paris in the 1920s, Morocco and the Aegean Sea, where these women live.

Shintaro Inoue
Shintaro Inoue

Shintaro Inoue

Shintaro Inoue is a Japanese painter from Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Shintaro creates works with line composition based on Japanese calligraphy which he had cultivated since childhood. Drawing traditional calligraphy lines in a range of vivid colors, Shintaro presents portraits of women who always symbolize this moment in time. Shintaro’s thoughtful composition of these elements highlights the uniqueness of each individual and allows viewers to understand the complexities of human nature.

Opening Reception: Saturday September 10, 2022, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Exhibition dates: September 11 – October 9, 2022
Venue: JPS Gallery (Tokyo), 1/F, Tobu 2nd Building, 6-27-4, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

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