Reflections, fordPROJECT, NYC Sept 14-Oct 14
New York, New York-fordPROJECT announces the opening of “Reflections,” a group exhibition showcasing three young Japanese artists, Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo and Toru Kuwakubo. The exhibition inaugurates a collaboration with the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, widely recognized as a leading gallery in the representation of contemporary Japanese artists.
Diverging from Western norms, the Japanese believe that mirrors are not instruments of vanity and self-assessment, but of contemplation as a window to one’s “inner self.” In the mirror, the Japanese seek the reflection of their personalities and the effect of their actions and words on others. This belief can be traced culturally to Shinto shrines whose mirrors are the central sacred objects. Reflections, curated by fordPROJECT managing director Rachel Vancelette, uses the concept to present the artistic process and practice of three artists as a snapshot of, or window into, depictions of Japanese expression of self and society.
Hideaki Kawashima, green, acrylic on canvas, 2010, courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery
In tandem, the 20th floor solarium will feature a site-specific installation by emerging New York based artist Brendan Lynch.
57 West 57th Street, Floors 19-20
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Friday, October 14, 2011
Gallery open Monday to Friday from 10 am – 6 pm