20 4月 Seiko Matsushita Solo Exhibition “In Search for Inner Voice ー Falling Toys”
Seiko Matsushita Solo Exhibition
“In Search for Inner Voice ー Falling Toys”
Tarohei Gallery, located in Nihonbashi-Honcho, Tokyo, is pleased to present “In Search for Inner Voice – Falling Toy”, a solo exhibition by Seiko Matsushita from Friday, 5th May to Saturday, 27th May.
Seiko Matsushita is an artist who burst onto the contemporary art scene in the 1990s with her installations using large, uneven spheres made of cement, and steel frames. Since then, up to the present day in various parts of the world, she has presented a diverse range of works, including three-dimensional works such as cushions and dresses expressed using materials such as paraffin paper, feathers and wax, as well as performances in which she/other performers actually wear(s) paraffin dresses, objects and drawings with a beak motif, and animations expressed in strangled colours.
Her works, created through deep insight into the inner life of human beings, sometimes take on a feminine form but have the power to liberate or gouge out the depths of human beings of which we are unaware.
Artist: Seiko Matsushita
Title: “In Search for Inner Voice – Falling Toys”
Venue: Tarohei Gallery
(Nihonbashi Tarohei Building, 1-7-12 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Friday 5 May –Saturday 27 May 2023
Opening hours: Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 12:00-19:00
Reception: Friday 5 May 2023 18:00 –
The society that surrounds us in our daily lives is full of infantile and adorable things.
Some are linked to neoteny and some are attachment-oriented, sometimes struggling with bombs inside to go off.
Speaking of me, I have become a heterogeneous chimera made of a bird’s beak (defence and supply), Pinocchio’s long nose and a fragile, polyhedral body, floating through the flux between boundaries, trying to find my inner voice.
＜About the exhibition＞
In today’s quietly progressing totalitarianism, it is easy to lose sight of the true meaning of truth and freedom, trapped in social values already fostered before we have an opinion. The toys and cute things that are the subject matter of Matsushita Makiko’s work speak not only to the gentle gaze of adults towards children and the obsession that children have had with these things but also to the approval and distorted gaze towards infantile nature. Using seemingly feminine and maternal motifs, the works, created with overwhelming expressive power, present us with a reflection on the artist’s own surface and depths.
Born in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, and lives in Kanagawa Pref.
Graduated from Kyoritsu Women’s University
〈Selected Solo Exhibitions〉
2022 Mother’s Voice-Images for the animation（ALELIER・K, Yokohama）
2021 Plamenné sukně（The Flammable Skirts）
（UMAKART Gallery／Brno／Czech Republic）
Inviolable Paraffin dress－Ribbon Campaign
（Gakushuin Women’s University Cultural Exchange Gallery, Tokyo）
2022 Home Tongue（RED AND BLUE Gallery, Tokyo）
2018 The Eve of Revolution 2 – When the Scene Changes（RED AND BLUE Gallery, Tokyo）
2017 Gun-zo（Gallery Hasu no hana, Tokyo )
2016 Security Blanket（performance & interview）（Gallery Le Deco, Tokyo）
2014 Foreign Objects Inside Me – Violence（Toho Gallery, Tokyo）
2012 Foreign Objects Inside Me（Soh Gallery, Tokyo）
2010 INNER – She is Busy for Herself（Soh Gallery K3, Tokyo）
2002 Security Blanket（performance & interview）（Art Positions, Marseille, France）
2001 Zone of Retardation（Galerie M. Presse, Solingen, Germany）
Security Blanket（performance & interview）（Koln Altstadt, Germany）
2000 Self Portraits（Anazai Art Office, Tokyo）
1999 Galleria Chimera, Tokyo
1998 Retardation（Gallery Kurama, Tokyo）
1997 Receptacle-Profound Tidings (Gallery Informuse, Tokyo)
1994 The Existence of the Impulse Facing the Circle（Gallery NIKKO, Tokyo）
1992 Smile（Gallery K, Tokyo）
〈Selected Group Exhibitions〉
2022 Galleri Heike Arndt（Berin, Germany and Kettinge, Demark）
2021 Loop beyond Art（Art Gallery CHIKA, Tokyo）
Das Framed inder ls Isolation（Halle Zollstock, Koln, Germany）
2019 The Shouts and Murmurs of Women – The vulnerable collective will change the World
（Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum）
2017 Not Saying the Truth（HAGISO, Tokyo）
2015 HOSPITAL ART（Hasu no hana, Tokyo）
2013 Seeking for Undiscovered（Dokutsugendai, Kanagawa）
5 Exhibition（Toho Gallery, Tokyo）
2012 ART Tanoshima 39（open-air exhibition, Toyohash）
2010 The 25th Anniversary Exhibition（Soh Gallery K3, Tokyo）
2006 Art Full （Koganei City Hakeno-mori Art Museum, Tokyo）
2000 One Minute World Festivals（animation）（Sao Paulo, Brazil）
2001 Belle de jour（Atelierhaus Suesterfeld, Aachen, Germany）
1999 Zoomo, Stadtische Kunstsammlun（Eschweiler, Germany ）
1998 Tokyo Rooms（Gallery Article, Koln, German）
1996 Nature-Material and Image
（The Artist House Jerusalem ＆ The Ein Harod Museum of Art, Israel）
1995 Art Festival in Tsumakoi Kogen（open air sculpture）（Tsumakoi Kogen, Kunma Pref.）
1992 Korean Culture Foundation Fine Art Center, Seoul, Korea
SEISEI（Chonon Gallery, Korea）