O JUN Solo Exhibition : MANMANCHAN AN
10:00am-6:00pm, April 16 — July 3, 2016/ admission free
The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC] kicks off its first AIR of 2016 with MANMANCHAN AN, a solo exhibition by O JUN. O JUN has gained attention for his unique style of representation, in which he expresses motifs that live in the instant between connection and disconnection, between coincidence and inevitability, before the genesis of meaning.
Scenes reminiscent of a familiar fragment in time, symbolic iconography such as crests and flags, distinct images with indistinct lines, strong visual margins, his characteristic glass sheets and heavy iron frames. The figurative images in his artwork, which interpret scenes of modern Japan from a peculiar point of view, seem to transform into meaningful, extraordinary moments in time.
MANMANCHAN AN, the exhibition title, is baby talk used in Osaka and other areas of Western Japan when reciting a prayer to the Buddha. But the phrase’s sound and infantile status detach it from its original religious context and render the words almost meaningless. They are juxtaposed against the innocence of childhood and the silly puns of stand-up comedians from yesteryear and become mere sounds whose meaning has dissolved in midair. Sense and nonsense merge midair in the title, as they often do in O JUN’s works.
O will install and exhibit his past artworks, including oil paintings and his signature iron-framed artworks. His resident production is expected to be drawn using a handmade alloy pen. An art appreciation experience that bypasses words and travels directly from the eyes to the brain, his exhibition is sure to remind us of the indescribable pleasure and profundity of oil painting.
O JUN, Bonfire, oil on canvas, 116×116cm, 2010.
photo by MIYAJIMA Kei
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
1956 Born in Tokyo, Japan.
1980 BA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
1982 MA, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2014 "DaDa-Co", Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Sannojyo's Dream", Miuzma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "KAKUCO", Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 "JEDNOM OLOVKOM-from a pencil", 030NE, Belgrade, Serbia.
2008 "I AM O JUN" J・CHEN Gallery,Taiwan.
2002 "Recent Works27," The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
【Selected Group Exhibistions】
2015 "Poetry by Painters, Paintings by poets", The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa/ Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi/ Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo/ Ashikaga Museum of Art, Tochigi/ Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan (-2016).
2014 "Bishojo:Young Pretty Girls in Art hidtory", Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan.
2012 "Art and Air", Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan.
2012 "Zipangu", The Niigata Bandaijima art Museum, Niigata, traveled to Takasaki Museum of Art, Gunma/ Hachinohe City Museum, Aomori/ Akita Museum of Mdern Art, Akita, Japan.
2011 "CAFE in Mito 2011-- Relationships in Color", Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.
2010 "Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s", The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
2010 "Artist File 2010", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "The 14th Vilnius Painting Triennial", Contemporary Art Centre, Vilinius, Lithuania.
2009 "Views of IKAI -- Selected Works from the Current Painting Department of Tokyo University of the Arts", The University Art Museum-Tokyo University Of The Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
2007 "Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker", Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan.
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa, Japan.
Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan.
Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan.
Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University
Cooperated by Mizuma Art Gallery
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery