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Date: Friday, Septmber 9 – Saturday, October 29, 2016

MISA SHIN GALLERY is please to announce its upcoming solo exhibition, ‘Floor Event 1970’ by Naoyoshi Hikosaka. The exhibition will run from Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 29, 2016.

1967, he formed the Bikyoto (Bijutsuka Kyoto Kaigi/Artists Joint-Struggle Council) together with Kosai Hori and other during the student uprising of 1969, fighting to achieve political reform. As the student movement lost momentum, however, Hikosaka moved away from politics and took on a new struggle, namely criticizing the restrictiveness of artistic expression.

Hikosaka’ s 1970 performance, Floor Event, was planned and put on as preparation for the first in a series of exhibitions produced by the Bikyoto Revolution Committee, whose mission was to hold a year-long program of art exhibitions, one by each member, that charged admission but didn’t use a museum or gallery. In this performance, a naked Hikosaka painted the floor of his 13m2 room and its adjoining veranda with industrial liquid latex, helped by his artist friend Mikio Koyanagi, while the contemporary musician Yasunao Tone captured the proceedings with a camera Hikosaka had set up. Afterward, Hikosaka himself recorded the process of the latex turning from creamy white to see-through. In the absence of visitors, Konayagi and Tone were the only ones to witness the spectacle, and ten days later the now fully dried latex was removed from the floor. Hikosaka later exhibited photographs of this performance as works of art, in order to present a record of it to the world.

In the performance, the cream-colored liquid latex was not roughly slicked across the room, but painstakingly spread in a thin layer across the floor with a short-handled broom with something like an artist’ s technique. It covered up the room’ s tatami flooring, creating a neutral surface that suddenly transformed the inside of an ordinary Japanese house into something very other. However, the act of looking at the floor that became visible through the see-through film of dried latex suggested the act of “considering the foundations on which we stand,” a concept that would go on to be developed in many different forms, with reversals and variations, in Hikosaka’s other work.

In Naoyoshi Hikosaka’ s first solo exhibition at the MISA SHIN GALLERY, we present a number of vintage prints recording Floor Event, Hikosaka’ s debut work, as well as postcards from 1971 featuring those 1970 photographs of the event. Floor Event has significance not only as the starting point for Hikosaka’ s artistic career, but is also a key work within the art movement of the late 1960s onwards?both the worldwide movement to break free from traditional conceptions about art, and the movement within Japanese conceptual art of actively choosing not to produce works of art.

会期:2016年9月9日(金)- 10月29日(土)

MISA SHIN GALLERYでは2016年9月9日(金)から10月29日(土)まで、彦坂尚嘉の個展「FLOOR EVENT 1970」を開催します。


1970年に行われた彦坂のパフォーマンス、「フロア・イベント」は、第1回美共闘 Revolution 委員会がプロデュースした「1年間、美術館と画廊を使用せずに、おのおの1回ずつ有料の美術展を開催する」という個展シリーズの準備として計画、実行されました。全裸で自室八畳間と縁側に工業用ゴムであるラテックスを撒き、友人でアーティストの小柳幹夫がパフォーマンスを補助、現代音楽家の刀根康尚が彦坂の用意したカメラでその行為を撮影し、パフォーマンスの後、畳の上でラテックスが乾いて 乳白色から透明になっていく過程を彦坂自身が撮影しました。この時の個展では小柳と刀根が唯一の目撃者となり、観客はおらず、乾いたラテックスは10日後に床からはがされました。彦坂はこれらの記録写真をのちに作品として展示し流通させる構想を持ちます。



MISA SHIN GALLERYでの初の個展となる彦坂尚嘉「FLOOR EVENT 1970」を是非ご高覧ください。