aishonanzuka gallery continues to introduce interesting japanese artists to hong kong's sizeable demographic of savvy art aficionados, and next on the list is shuhei yamada. hailing from tokyo, yamada studied at tama art university's department of moving images + performing arts but left early in 2000 to pursue a career. he's a keen observer of japanese society, and uses photographs, images, sculptures, collages, and installations to capture his impressions and ideas. yamada's artworks always incorporate various elements, but most are closely related to the social influence on his personal environment. not surprisingly, after the tohoku earthquake and fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the artist's creative output shows more imagery focusing on society, the indiviual, power and country, while also taking into consideration japan's position in global society.
currently on at aishonanzuka gallery is yamada's first solo exhibition in hong kong. simply entitled x, the show presents a mixture of recent works. included in the presentation is a series of portraits of notorious dictators, all captured in a morphing style to reflect yamada's criticism on their respective power trips. also on display are sculptures with a motif of national flags associated with fictitious countries. these motifs are symbolically linked to the form of country, power or individual, and hint the problem which many societies and individuals are facing [on through aug 30]. location: regency centre, 39 wong chuk hang road, phase 1, unit 13a [aberdeen].