The six artists chosen by Vik Muniz's curation will create works while sharing the studio at TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence from the middle of October. New works created during this period will be shown at the exhibition.
Trainer of man, the hand multiplies him in space and time
Henry Focillon, 'The life of forms in art.'
DO NOT TOUCH THE WORKS OF ART, the warning reads. Why would one do such thing in the first place? People generally touch works of art for trying to understand something plain visual information sometimes is incapable to transmit or to add a trace of ones own hand to the history of the object.
"Touching is believing", it's what makes an image return to its material stage and a sculptural form, an ergonomic experience. When the making of the artwork is charged with such haptic experience, the residual energy left by the hand of the artist, seems to be always an invitation for the hand of the viewer. A work that does incite touching, generally, also incites thinking about touching; a precondition to the full appreciation of sculpture and surface based and representational painting.
In cultures richly devoted to the senses as a unifying experience between mind and matter, haptic aspects of art-making and consuming become so evident, they are sometimes taken for granted. This exhibition focuses on the works of six artists from two diversely sense-dominated cultures, whose working habits are closely associated with the hand and whose ideas are loosely inspired by tradition.
Tomoko Nagai, 《conversation in forest》, 2007, oil, acrylic on canvas
Efrain Almeida 《Menino》, 2001 Cedar wood and velvet Photo: Mark Ritchie, Courtesy Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Ｌｅｄａ Ｃａｔｕｎｄａ, 《Ju e todo pessoal》, 2006, Acrylic on fabric, velvet and voile, Courtesy Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Miki Kubota, 《Deshadowed: Nailing》, 2007, wooden furniture, plywood, ,paste
Aiko Miyanaga 《A morning a calm comes》, 2008, naphthalene, mixed media
Erika Verzutti 《Bicho de 7 cabecas》, 2008, Bronze and cold porcelain clay, Courtesy Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo