Tam Ochiai

mystery of tail

installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2004 ©Tam Ochiai


Ochiai’s first exhibition with Tomio Koyama Gallery since 1999, will include new paintings, drawings, and video. In the summer of 2003,Ochiai visited and filmed the summer-only amusement park, Tivoli, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ochiai’s theme may be understood according to the following key words and phrases:’mathematician’, Taking a walk, Everday, Inspiration and Calender. The exhibition includes series of drawings entitled Floccinaucinihilipilification, 29 letters long, the word is one of the longest found in the world. Floccinaucinihilipilification means literally no meaning or no value. The drawings present a mathematician meditating in a simple landscape. Like the random flow of numbers running in the mind of a mathematician, the letters of Floccinaucinihilipilification communicate the pattern Ochiai’s inspiration. The exhibition will also include an artist?ユs book that Ochiai has been attempting to publish for some time. Entitled Tail Tale, the book concerned with fantasy and the tale of tails. For Ochiai, drawing becomes language.