Flowers (published by True Ring) is a compilation of Yuichi Higashionna's paintings and prints using flowers as motifs.
All of his works are created using the stencil technique, in which the silhouette of an artificial flower is copied onto canvas. In other words, the silhouette of the flower is the part that is left unpainted, so it can be said that the shadow of the flower or the ghost of the flower is fixed on the canvas. It is a cool book to look at now, with a sense of strangeness and intimacy living together.
His solo exhibition "Large Interior" will be held at a gallery in Aoyama until February 27 (Sat). Actually, it was supposed to end in January, but the exhibition has been extended, so if you missed it, good news!
Yuichi Higashionna, Large Interior, 2021, installation view, VOID+
The venue is void+, an art space in Omotesando, and the exhibition is spread out over four rooms. In the small "gallery" to the left of the building's entrance, the mirror ball and stripe installation in the image is on display.
It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00 (closed on Sunday, Monday, and holidays).
A large fluorescent + LED chandelier is on display at the art boutique "void+stock" on the left at the end of the corridor as you enter the building, and you can also see the rest of the rooms by asking (or calling in advance) the resident staff.
This is a video of the exhibition by art director and video director Yuichi Minamiguchi (https://yuichi-minamiguchi.com).
On display in the space where visitors can see the works by asking (or calling in advance) are new installations of paintings and objects.
The former is inspired by curtains, and the latter by chandeliers made up of lighting fixtures, but each is a motif and at the same time deviates from it, pretending to be a curtain standing on the wall, or pretending to be a chandelier while trying to bury itself in the floor. It leaves an impression of strangeness and strangeness.
Higashionna continues to express this strange feeling, drawing on Sigmund Freud's article, "The Uncanny" . While exposing the strange aspects of our daily lives and social systems that we accept so casually, his work is still kitschy and humorous rather than frightening, with a cool balance between the two.