When 15 Sep 2011 - 29 Oct 2011
Where James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
United States
Enquiry 212 714 9500

Tabaimo, BLOW, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery

September 15 – October 29 2011

Press Release:

James Cohan Gallery is proud to present DANDAN, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Tabaimo opening September 15th and running through October 29th, 2011. This is the third solo exhibition at the gallery by the 35-year old Tabaimo, who is recognized as one of Japan’s leading artists and is well-known for her hand-drawn animations whose coloration bring to mind traditional ukiyo-e prints.

Currently, Tabaimo is representing Japan at the 54th Biennale di Venezia with the work teleco-soup, an immersive multi-media environment that transforms the Japanese Pavilion into the interior of a well, where the reflected world is inverted and boundaries between water and sky, self and world, real and imagined are fluid.

Taking on both the role as social critic and voice of those born in the mid 1970’s, Tabaimo strives to understand the space between the generations. As globalization has reached the island nation that once prided itself on its isolationism, the traditional communal life is breaking down and the contemporary desire towards individualization is taking over. Tabaimo’s work offers an unblinking look at contemporary Japanese society as a mirror in which to view herself and the other members of her generation caught in the crossfire of these societal shifts. Her works capture the anxiety that is a constant reality in a land whose terra firma is less than stable, while their tone remains abstract and detached. Recurring motifs including cityscapes, interior spaces, hands, brains, hair, insects, plants and water hover between the elegantly rendered and the disturbingly surreal.

Two of the works on view at James Cohan Gallery BLOW and danDAN were first shown in Tabaimo: Danmen, a solo exhibition that originated at the Yokohama Museum of Art in 2009 and travelled to the National Museum of Art, Osaka. These two works are multi-channel video and sound installations presented on elaborately built stage sets. In addition, the exhibition features guignorama which is a single-channel work first exhibited in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Hara Museum in 2006. This gallery exhibition marks the first time these works are shown in the United States.

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