Solo Exhibition “AKIRA Kazuki solo show”
curator HIRATA Takeshi（critics）
Cooperation : IMAI Norio , KOSHINO Jun , SHIIHARA Tamotsu , TOMII Motohiro , FUKUTA Masakazu
Three works with reference to the arrangement of paint colors were exhibited.
The painting that the curator painted using 24 acrylic on canvas.
Twelve paintings that I ordered a rental painting company to select and device an arrangement were displayed on the wall.
The space in which six different colors of works by other artists were exhibited.
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Criticism “Akira Kazuki Exhibition”
Three pieces of work were exhibited based on the color array of paints.A painting of twenty-four colors on a canvas painted by the curator.A wall with 12 paintings which were ordered, selected, planned and displayed by a painting rental company. The paintings were then hung according to their instructions.A display, according to color, of 6 different styles of work created by other artists, considering the works as colors.
About Coloring Materials
Paint is a coloring material used to give color to paintings or objects. Consider, for instance, when we look at a painting, specifically a landscape painting, what are we looking at? We are looking at the ‘paints' but at the same time the ‘colors’ of the landscape. Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote about color: "It seems there are two different colors, one can be called ‘the color of material’ and the other can be called ‘the colur of surface’ .” *1 Color is linked to things (matter) and there is more than one concept of color.
As usual, Akira Kazuki’ s solo exhibition is not straightforward. We can see “Akira Kazuki’ s exhibition as the ‘color of surface’ , but the ‘color of material’ is different. The three exhibited works are "6 colors", "12 colors" and "24 colors". The coloring materials used here are ‘works of art’ . You might think that it is natural to exhibit “artworks” . However, what Akira has chosen to show are “artworks” by other artists, based on the color array of the six, twelve and twenty-four color sets of Turner acrylic gouache. In “6 colors” , six works of art were used as “colors” . Red is Andy Warhol's "Mao-Portfolio (Sunday B. Morning)", yellow is Jun Koshino's "work 16-11", green is Motohiro Tomii's "stacked container (no base)", blue is Masakazu Fukuta's "jewel_hikari", black is Tamotsu Shiihara's "Architecture of Landscape", white is Norio Imai's "Shade of Memory 058 - Screen” . The works of others, from young artists to masters, are displayed as a representation of colors. Neither reproductions nor replications, they were borrowed by Akira from the artists themselves or from his own collection *2. For "12 colors", Akira asked an art rental company to select works that matched the 12 colors, which he then borrowed and exhibited. The artist's name and the title will be left out here, as the choice of the works was heteronomous, based on colors. “24 colors” is a painting in which the canvas is painted according to the color array of the 24 colors of the paint set. This work was painted by the curator of the exhibition under Akira's direction.
What these three works have in common is that, despite the fact that they are part of the exhibition “Akira Kazuki", none of them were created by the artist himself. All the works in the exhibition have been "created" by order, commission, instruction, lending or purchase. So, is this exhibition a work that quotes, appropriates and samples the work of others, like simulationism? Or is it a curation of a group exhibition? It is possible to look at the works in this exhibition from such a perspective. However, the works in this exhibition, as in all of Akira's previous works, are still works that use coloring materials. Akira created his works by placing and giving colors. Needless to say, it is difficult to place the concept of “color” . In order to perceive colors, we can only place “things” which are colored. Therefore, Akira’ s work is a work of “colors” as well as a work about "coloring materials” . The installation "twenty four colors in twenty four colors" (2012), a wall clock painted with 24 colors of lacquer, "twelve color (colored pencil)" (2013), an installation of 12 colored pencils on the wall, and “16 LB” (2013), in which he replaced all the light bulbs on the ceiling with light bulbs of different colors and shapes. We can see that "color" is placed and given through a colored clock, colored pencils, and colored light bulbs as the coloring materials (matter).
Also in the case of this exhibition, by using RGB image on the website and CMYK image on the flyer as the publicity, he suggested that this exhibition is an investigation towards “converting” the way (system) of expressing color.
As a premise, there are two different ways of expressing colors. One is called RGB, the three primary colors of light. RGB is the acronym of Red, Green and Blue. It is mainly used for Braun tube and LCD, digital cameras and so on. The other is called CMYK, the three primary colors of color. CMYK is the acronym of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Plate, and is used for ink printed materials.
Since the coloration mechanism of RGB and CMYK are different, in order to print the data of RGB image as CMYK image, it is necessary to convert from RGM format to CMYK format. It might be a familiar process for those who use applications such as “Illustrator” or “Photoshop” . In order words, Akira converted or resolved a coloring material, Turner acrylic gouache into another coloring material, “artwork” . And he used the art rental company, CAS (Contemporary Art and Spirits), the curator and himself as mediums who chose the colors.
Until now, paintings as artwork have been painted with coloring materials. In contrast, in this exhibition, Akira converted the vector and created coloring materials with paintings (artworks). “Painting” has become coloring materials to color the paintings or objects. In that case,
what is it that we are looking at? There is more than one concept of color.
*1 Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Remarks on Colour” , G.E.M Anscombe, 1977, p.164.
*2 The curator of this exhibition (the writer) wasn’ t involved in any of the selecting process