THE JAPAN FOUNDATION TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan
August 11 [Fri] - September 2 [Sat], 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
*Artist talk with Miyuki Yokomizo: September 1 [Fri], 7pm
@ Arena 1 Gallery
(3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405)
"Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan" focuses on art produced in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century. It showcases 42 works - paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos - of eleven young Japanese artists who are presently attracting a great deal of attention, namely Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Masafumi Sanai, Katsuhiro Saiki, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi, and Miyuki Yokomizo.
After having been held in numerous countries around, the world the art exhibition entitled Passage to the Future has now traveled from Budapest to Los Angeles. The show focuses on works made in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century. The 1990s saw major shifts in the economic and political order of the world and many people have responded by turning away from larger issues and concentrating on smaller and more intimate areas of life, in essence, reexamining the ground under their own feet. In contemporary art as well, there has been a worldwide tendency for artists to take a greater interest in everyday life and focus on the expression of very personal perceptions and feelings. The eleven artists featured in this exhibition are responding in a similar way to the current state of the world. They take their subject matter from their immediate surroundings and make art that strongly reflects their own personal reality. Their work has a rich visual impact and reveals a strong interest in the process of making things.