tokyo: keiichi tanaami

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keiichi tanaami is one of our fav artists. born in tokyo in 1936, he graduated from musashino art university to become an acclaimed creative, and has since worked in a wide range of media including film, silkscreen, painting and sculpture. opening on sat - jul 7 [6pm-8pm] at nanzuka gallery is a solo exhibition of new animation and drawings by the artist and he himself will be there too. tanaami’s work in film has a long history. since showing his first colour animation in 1965, he has shown more than 50 animations and experimental films. tanaami’s admiration for film is very much influenced by his respect for manga artist osamu tezuka’s exploitation of the commercialization of so-called moving pictures, and by the movements of vanguard artist contemporaries such as andy warhol and jonas mekas. shown at this exhibition is red coloured bridge, a new digital animation represents tanaami’s various thoughts regarding the bridge as a crossing point that passes between this world and the next, a topic he is intrigued by and has repeatedly referenced in his work in recent years. as tanaami explains, “For me, the profound and mystical world of the bridge poses a complex, haunting riddle. If the bridge is what separates this world from the afterworld, the border between the mundane and the divine, it must also be a place of meeting. location: shibuya ibis building, 2-17-3-b1 shibuya [shibuya].

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