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Ascending Art Annual Vol.2 "matsuri, matsuru"

Dates: July 19(Thu)- August 5(Sun),2018
Venue:Spiral Garden

Spiral is pleased to present "Ascending Art Annual vol.2," a series of exhibitions introducing the work of youngwomen artists.
This installment is themed "matsuri, matsuru." The Japanese word matsuri has a range of meanings: festival, dedication, worship, ruling, and cohesion. Deriving from the concept of worshipping (matsuru) a god、it has always incorporated diverse connotations related not only to prayers and festivals but also politics、clothing, and respecting relationships.
The structures that surround industry are today in flux and our lives are no longer bound by location or customs. Artists are confronting religious festivals, idolatry, and patterns or motifs, attempting to reconnect place, time, and people in original ways In an age when the benefits of artificial intelligence or the Internet of Things are prioritized, the matsuri that rather integrates illogical behavior and produces such emotions as empathy, excitement, fear, and even repellence can perhaps serve as a new kind of device for preserving community.
The four artists introduced in this exhibition employ various media and methodologies, from sculpture to media art, photography, and ceramics, based on fieldwork and research. Enjoy the possibilities of matsuri in contemporary society that will unfold beyond these artists' experiments.

General Information

Ascending Art Annual Vol.2
"matsuri, matsuru"

Dates: July 19(Thu)- August 5(Sun) 11:00—20:00
Venue: Spiral Garden (Spiral 1 F)
5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku,Tokyo Admission: Free
Organized by Wacoal Art Center
Planned by Spiral
In cooperation with WACOAL STUDYHALL KYOTO
Inquiries: 03ー 3498-1171 (Spiral)
Web :www.spiral.co.jp/aaa2


Etsuko Ichihara

Born in Aichi in 1988, Etsuko Ichihara graduated with a degree in studies of media, body and image from the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University. Her practice unravels Japanese culture, customs, and beliefs in unique ways, using technology to reveal new perspectives. She attracted much attention with Sekuhara Interface, a radish device that makes sexual sounds when touched. Another work, Digital Shaman Project, is a robot that allows the user to live with a deceased person for 49 days and won the Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival in the entertainment division. Her major solo exhibitions include “emergencies! 030 Etsuko Ichihara: Digital Shamanism: Japanese Funeral and Festivity” (2016, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]).

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Hiroko Kubo

Born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1987, Hiroko Kubo completed an MFA at Texas Christian University. Based on research into prehistoric art, ethnographic art, and cultural anthropology theory, her practice uses everyday items and materials to deal with the relationship between agriculture and art. In 2017, she won the Grand Prize at Rokko Meets Art. Her major solo exhibitions include “Bricolaged Goddess” (2017, Gallery G) and “Contemporary Agricultural Masks” (2013, Hiroshima Art Center), while group exhibitions include “Osoreism” (2016, Hajimari Art Center) and the Setouchi Triennale 2016 (2016, Shodo Island).

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Ana Scripcariu-Ochiai

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1992, Ana Scripcariu-Ochiai graduated in 2016 from Tokyo University of the Arts at the top of her year with a major in oil painting. She is currently enrolled in an MFA program at Tokyo University of the Arts with a major in global art practice. She employs photography, video, installation, and other media to produce work based on research into festivals, ceremonies, and beliefs. Her major solo exhibitions include “trance” (2017, Bambinart Gallery) and “Intersect” (2017, Roku San Yon Tenjishitsu), while group exhibitions include the Zushi Art Festival (2017, locations around Zushi City), “Invisible: In the Eye of the Double Spiral” (2016, Château de Chambord, France), and “International Exchange Exhibition 2016” (Daegu University, South Korea).

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Keiko Masumoto

Born in Hyogo in 1982, Keiko Masumoto completed a master’s degree in 2007 at Kyoto City University of Arts with a major in ceramics. She is known for her highly original and humorous work that explores the master-slave relationship between decoration and the vessel in Japanese ceramic art. She won the runner-up prize at the Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition in 2008, the Director’s Award in the sculpture category of the Kyoten 2009 exhibition, and the Grand Prize at Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009 in the sculpture and installation category. Her major solo exhibitions include “Form in Art—Touch and Sense the Piece: Keiko Masumoto” (2011, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art) and “Pop-up Vessel: Keiko Masumoto’s World” (2014, Tatsuno Municipal Museum of History and Culture), and group exhibitions include “The Power of Decoration—A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei (Studio Crafts)” (2009, Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo).

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