Fri, Jul 1, 2022 - Sun, Sep 4
From July 2022 onward, the Towada Art Center will repurpose space—an empty building transformed into a white cube by the art collective 目 [mé]—to serve as a satellite venue for introducing the works of emerging artists. Installation artist Oiwa Euske kicks off the inaugural showing from July 1, to September 4, with a solo exhibition.
Oiwa wears many hats, working as a researcher, writer, curator, and artist who creates works on multi-layered spaces and language as it exists in story and script. While his main areas of interest are narrative theory, the philosophy of language, fiction research, and game studies, Oiwa’s works are installations in the truest sense of the word, incorporating unique perspectives on the language of drama, storytelling, comic manzai dialogue, and horror into physical spaces and presenting them as spatial artworks that possess a distinctive sense of time.
To set the stage for his first exhibition at a museum, Oiwa carefully observes the nature of space as created by 目 [mé], as well as the surrounding space that is the city of Towada, and finds room to play with his prevailing interests in drama, audience behavior and movement, and the framework of the art exhibition. Like some kind of play on words, the exhibition will manipulate space and spill out into the city of Towada, stirring a sense of paranoiac imagination in its viewer.
image: P in case
Visual Design: Kitaoka Seigo
Artist. Born in 1993 in Saitama Prefecture. Oiwa Euske reinterprets installation art by considering the various phases of space beyond its physical shape. He sees a space as an interweaving of multiple aspects—game-like possibilities, interpersonal intimacy, our collective movement through time, the relationship between engagements and desires, the efficacy of language and words, and the juxtaposition of history with fiction.
Through his writings and creative practice, he explores the idea that we don’t have to be ‘contemporary’ with other people and objects and that this may at times extend to the artist and the audience. He finds this motif reflected, for instance, in the way different spaces have transformed in recent years due to the pandemic.
Oiwa is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His recent installation works include a card game titled Executioners Accompanists (2022), margin reception (2021), which featured an orange-flavored drink whose juice content ratio was that of the artist-gallery profit margin, and Vacances (2020), where manzai stand-up comedians are tormented by noise.
space (Towada Art Center Satellite Venue)
18-20 Nishi Sanbancho, Towada, 034-0083
10:00 ‒ 17:00
Closed every Mondays (Except for National Holidays, in which case the art center will close next day)
Towada Art Center
Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Aomori Broadcasting Corporation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., The To-o Nippo Press, and Towada City Board of Education
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