Friday, July 25, 2014

Mixed up! Curated by Shingo Francis at the Galerie Paris, Yokohama

MIXED UP!      

July 31st - August 20th, 2014     

Opening reception: July 31st, 9:00pm~

Taiyo Kimura
Bodo Korsig
Kaori Tazoe
Shingo Francis

Galerie Paris 
Mitsui Busan Build. 1F  
14 Nihon Oodori
Naka-ku, Yokohama 

GALERIE PARIS is pleased to announce the international group exhibition Mixed Up! curated by artist Shingo Francis, featuring works by Taiyo Kimura , Bodo Korsig and Kaori Tazoe. 

Mixed Up! comments on the individual, existential aspect of art making versus the shared exchange of knowledge and ideas found in the art community. No matter how removed one tries to become, the history and personal contact an artist is exposed to perhaps informs the work. 

As a satellite project of the 5th edition of the Yokohama Triennale, the international contemporary art exhibition held every three years, this special group exhibition examines the subject of space, resonating with the historical attributes which Yokohama and the Mitsui Bussan building, where GALERIE PARIS is located, has to offer. An artist panel discussion is scheduled for the public. In this exhibition we bring together four artists working in three separate continents and who have developed their own individual studio practices. 

The concept of a group exhibition challenges the idea of a "group", something deemed to have a coherence and inherent relationship. Besides identifying themselves as artists, we pose the question of what these artists have in common? How their artistic practice relate as contemporary artists and peers? Mixed Up! explores this question of bringing together a group of artist under one theme and in this case, a single space. History has repeated this concept of a group show starting from the days of the Salon in 17th century Europe. 

The question we would like the viewer to ask himself is: is this a successful model for presenting an artist's work? Does the reality of being an artist and being exposed to history and a broader art world create a cohesiveness that is interesting or helpful to the artist's practice? What relations de we see in their practice? Is a group show a means to a economic and practical ends given how many artists there are relative to opportunities for exposure? 

Or can a group show be as cohesive as a singular exhibition by one artist? Ultimately, what is the true value of a group show? I argue that I wanted to exhibit along side my peers to mix the results of our studio practice under one banner and theme. Allowing the random selection of work each artist brings to the exhibition determine the answers to the questions previously posed in this essay. 

Let's mix it up and see! 

- Shingo Francis

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