Boundaries delimit edges of communities and norms beyond which can lie transgression. OUT OF BOUNDS is a group exhibition of contemporary artists from Japan that pushes at the boundaries of form and identity, challenging contemporary art practice, generic constraints, and social expectations, including what British audiences may expect from women artists from Japan.
Yurie Nagashima made a sensational debut with a series of nude photographs featuring herself and her family in 1993. She will be showing works from her recent series “about home”, an installation including a tent made of different materials from her house, created together with her mother, and printed photographs. The installation and photographs combine to address the lack of visibility and value of female experiences in a male-dominated society.
Rie Iwatake makes works with existing images and objects, abstracting them in relation to their form, separate from their original function. Her collage works in particular draw from Japanese traditions of printmaking and culture, but through her sensitive manipulation are re-imagined into contemporary works.
In Risa Tsunegi’s works there is a subversive element at play. Often, what the viewer comes to comprehend of the sculptures through their initial encounter goes through a process of re-examination and change. Her works defy definition, exploring issues of gender and materiality, while also retaining a playful quality.
Louise Rouse is a British illustrator and printmaker and long-term resident in Tokyo. Her illustrations and prints feature themes and motifs that connect with the everyday lives of people in Japan and abroad. In this exhibition, Rouse will present a set of frottage books produced in three locations in Tokyo by taking rubbings from building façades and other exterior surfaces.
OUT OF BOUNDS is part of Japan Now North, a week of activities celebrating the art, culture, literature and film of Japan.
Wednesday 20 February, 8-9pm