OPENING 04.09.2015 | 18-22 H EXHIBITION 05.09.-24.10.2015
ADDITIONAL VISITING HOURS DURING THE DC OPEN - JOINT GALLERY OPENING 2015: SAT 05.09. 12-20 H | SUN 06.09. 12-18 H WWW.DC-OPEN.DE
WARHUS RITTERSHAUS AN DER SCHANZ 1A 50735 COLOGNE WWW.WARHUSRITTERSHAUS.DE
IMAGE: HIROKI TSUKUDA ´TOWERING METAL WOOD` 2015 BLACK INK AND CHARCOAL ON PAPER 170 X 135,7 CM © COURTESY WARHUS RITTERSHAUS COLOGNE 2015
After the successful alliance with the gallery NANZUKA/Tokyo within the frame of the ‘Art Cologne Collaborations 2014’ and this year’s exhibition »You take your car to work, I take my paint« in the gallery house ADS1A, curated by Katharina Rebel, in cooperation with the gallery Nanzuka and the gallery Gebr. Lehmann, we are very pleased to present COLLA MAX, the first solo exhibition of the Japanese artist Hiroki Tsukuda (*1978 in Kagawa) in our gallery space. The exhibition that is taking place in the context of the DC Open is Tsukuda’s first solo show in the Rhineland. Besides his Plexiglas-framed black and white ink drawings, he develops a side-specific vegetative installation referring to the architectural worlds within his paintings. In his works Tsukuda creates neo-futuristic worldviews, which are strongly influenced by his passion for science fiction novels and movies, video games and comics. In his paintings he strives after a certain deformation and reconstruction of our modern world and he consequently reaches a diversified coalescence of classical landscape painting, contemporary architectural illustration and graphical symbols. He primarily employs the very traditional painting medium ink and creates a distinctively Japanese aesthetic of a brief, light drawing, which contrasts the futuristic-technical impression of his works. He leads the geometrical forms of his architectures to the boarders of the concrete right up to abstraction and shows us a perspective of a world, in which reality and the imaginary coexist. Contextual and visual contrasts are joining up: nature vs. technique, tradition vs. modernity, abstraction vs. figuration and even painting vs. photography – as he plays with the medial effect and almost generates optical illusions. The artist merges different techniques, motifs and perspectives of perception and thus he develops an individual form of pluralistic collages, which Tsukuda defines as COLLA MAX.
SUPPORTED BY GAFFEL KÖLSCH