Weird World

When 8 Mar 2013 - 26 Apr 2013
Where ISE Cultural Foundation
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
United States
Enquiry 2129251649

Toru Ishii, On the Crosswalk (detail), 2012. Yuzen Dyeing on Silk, 140×80 inches. Courtesy of the artist

March 08 – April 26 2013

Press Release:

Mass consumer society manipulated by global economic strategy of the corporation, quick access to news and celebrity’s scandals by social media, the world we are living in is speedy, irrational, highly provocative and weird. In this exhibition, we invite three artists who cut through the wonder of contemporary society keenly with their art, and express discernment calmly or sometimes comically.

Using the century old Japanese traditional craft technique of Yuzen Dyeing, Tokyo based artist, Toru Ishii expresses highly competitive, materialistic and stressful capitalist society of today with keen sense of humor. Influenced by Japanese masters such as Hokusai and Kuniyoshi, Ishii’s work has dynamic composition and stylized elegance, at the same time, it captures people who are unconsciously restrained as a group and controlled by the busy corporate world.

Don Porcella states; “I am constantly engaged in creating a weird world. ” By producing his charmingly colorful hand-made works from materials such as woven pipe cleaners, Porcella seeks to transform these lowbrow craft supplies into a high art context, while laughing at the human condition and presenting a unique world that is shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical. At this exhibition Porcella emphasizes his vision of celebrating nature and human absurdity.

New York based artist, Tom Sanford has been working on “History” paintings, which describe the very moment of our time. Inspired by wide range of today’s news, from Tea Party Rally to Celebrity’s gossip, Sanford edits the sources freely and creates hilarious epics in monumental scale. With his rich knowledge of art history of history paintings, Sanford refers both Italian Renaissance masters and contemporary street art in order to produce strong pictorial images that we all could recognize easily.


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