TAM OCHIAI

Yuki Kimura x Tam Ochiai exhibition

落合多武 Tam Ochiai meadow traveler’s restaurant guide 2012 28 x 21.5 cm, set of 29 pen and marker on paper

【Concept】

Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto and Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto will concurrently hold two solo exhibitions–Yuki Kimura “Interior 6L01–107T” and Tam Ochiai “Meadow Traveler, Madeleine Severin” respectively. During the solo exhibitions, the group exhibition “for missing O KYTO” (exhibiting artists: Ryoko Ito, Atsushi Nishijima, and Hiroyuki Oki) invited by Kimura and Ochiai will be held at TKG Editions Kyoto.

Yuki Kimura “Interior 6L01〜107T” Location: Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto

In the current exhibition, Yuki Kimura will exhibit her new work “Interior 6L01–107T”, which continues her engagement with photographs of rooms. Both the lifestyles captured in the anonymously produced found photographs of living spaces Kimura uses in her works and the medium of the analog photographic print have become obsolete with the passage of time. Kimura has found inspiration in the fact that the image and the medium have followed the same fate together. The current installation consists of free-standing panels and a related series of 9 black and white photographs. The space represented in the photograph overlaid on the actual space of the gallery via the support structure, results in the creation of a new space. The relationship existing between the photographs may be read as a series of induction lines within the space, photography evolving into a physical experience. From the place in which the photographs were taken to the place the photographs have been placed, Kimura’s practice calls into existence what one might call a visual tautology. This will be Kimura’s first solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto and her 6th with the gallery.

Tam Ochiai “Meadow Traveler, Madeleine Severin” Location: Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto

Tam Ochiai will show a series of paintings created with bleach on fabric and addressing the concept of migration; a video piece documenting a trip made between the first and last cities found in a dictionary; and 28 drawings that are reproduced in his artists’ book meadow traveler’s restaurant guide. This artists’ book consists of maps of actually existing restaurants, such as a Polish restaurant in Mexico City, which deviate from their geographical locations. It is a restaurant guide for travelers of sites similar to “meadows that emerge in nature,” which are created by combining elements placed outside of their contexts as in Surrealist literature. Ochiai fragments various things and brings disparate parts together to transgress conventional contexts and create complex and unfettered significations that resonate and enrich the imagination. This will be his first solo exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery in five years.

“for missing O KYTO” (exhibiting artists: Ryoko Ito, Atsushi Nishijima, and Hiroyuki Oki) invited by Kimura and Ochiai Location: TKG Editions Kyoto

Organized around the themes of sound, music and time, this group exhibition will include a manuscript that Ryoko Ito worked on as an editor for her child’s graduation from nursery school; Atsushi Nishijima’s installation of various sounds made with a single piano wire; and sheet music-like drawings or charts made for editing a video work by Hiroyuki Oki. We hope that you will take this opportunity to view how this work by three exhibiting artists and two organizers expresses their continuous, yet changing, relationships and the gentle passage of quiet time.

Artist Profile

Tam Ochiai

Tam Ochiai was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1967. He moved to the United States in 1990 after graduating from Wako University, and completed his M.A in New York University in 1993. He currently lives and works in New York.

His major exhibitions include, “Criterium 16: Tam Ochiai ‘Shopping bags’” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 1995); “MOT Annual: Fiction? Painting in the Age of the Virtual” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2002), “Flashback” (Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2005); “The Door into Summer –The Age of Micropop” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2006); “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo [touring Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, 2009, and numerous other venues]; “spies are only revealed when they get caught” (WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2010); and “Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour” (Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse [BankART Studio NYK], Kanagawa, Japan). For the 2016 exhibition re wild(e) (ARATANIURANO, Tokyo), Ochiai engaged in new attempts such as his work with film director Hiroyuki Oki in which the two collaborate in the production of drawings, video, and onsite three-dimensional works. The “Ashtray Sculptures” presented at this exhibition were also featured in his 2017 solo show Tarragon, Like a Cat’s Belly at Team Gallery in New York, attracting much attention. In recent years he has been involved in Anne Eastman’s artist-in-residence program at the Troedsson Villa in Nikko, thus continuing to engage in experimental artistic practices with artists from both Japan and overseas.

Ochiai’s works are housed in the collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Japan Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Deutsche Bank, and the Takahashi Collection.