Gaku Tsutaja: A Trip to the Moon

When 10 Sep 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
Where Shirley Fiterman Art Center
81 Barclay St.
New York, NY 10007
United States
Enquiry 212.776.6237

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 6–8 pm

Gaku Tsutaja: A Trip to the Moon (featured in the North Gallery) and Sherrill Roland: Inertia (displayed in the South Gallery) brings together two parallel exhibitions that showcase artists whose works are formally distinct but represent aspects of differing types of trauma. In the case of Gaku Tsutaja, an examination of larger cultural and historical trauma, such as the use of nuclear weapons in Japan during World War II and its aftermath in the post-war period, led to her exploration of personal connections to those events. For Sherrill Roland, the trauma of being wrongfully incarcerated has led to a wider investigation of the far-reaching issues facing individuals who have experienced imprisonment.

In A Trip to the Moon Tsutaja creates fictional narrative structures based on actual historical events through which she exposes the implications of imbedded issues of race, ideology, ethnicity, class, and politics. Using various media, including works on paper, video, and sculptural installations, Tsutaja presents allegorical tales that mediate between differing versions of historical narratives. Through surrealistic tales that feature animals and human-animal hybrid protagonists, she portrays the issues of development and use of atomic weapons during and after World War II; Japanese internment camps; and Japan’s creation of post-war infrastructure and potentially catastrophic use of nuclear energy.

Gaku Tsutaja was born in Tokyo, Japan, and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. In 1999, Tsutaja obtained a BFA with honors from Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design, and moved to Fukuoka to participate in the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyusyu as a research fellow. Tsutaja moved to New York in 2006 and received an MFA from SUNY Purchase in 2018. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the US and internationally.

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