Ryohta Shimamoto: INVITATION
May 14 - June 11, 2016
Opening Ceremony: May 14, 6PM-
Dear Sir or Madam,
I, Ryohta Shimamoto, always worked hard in creating my artworks.
Before I live the thirtieth year of my life, I completed my work.
I appreciate it and would like to inform you all.
Therefore, I would like to hold my living funeral in an exhibition formed.
I hope you will be able to attend.
Incidentally, I accomplished my natural life span heartily.
My mind and body are healthy together now, I spend it well.
eitoeiko is pleased to announce a solo exhibition Living Funeral by Ryohta Shimamoto, from May 14 to June 11. This exhibition is his first solo show with eitoeiko.
Ryohta Shimamoto has been selected four times for TARO award exhibitions with solo or two artists' project. Shimamoto handles paintings, ceramics, photographs, sculptures and performances into his artworks. Once he used artworks by art students, which were thrown away as garbage, and he renamed the artworks. It indicates that a new point of view makes a new value.
At an exhibition BAKEMONO which was held at Aomori Museum of Art in last summer, the artist figured his second version of 100 monsters. They were imagined from the words which he didn't know their meanings. Also, he exhibited a man-size sculpture Survivor which means how the artist survives the art world. The other works of Shimamoto such as Zukan(Hair catalogue for the future), Adhesive Plaster Man, Body Vessels are practices of finding the boundary of himself from inside and from outside.
Shimamoto is influenced by the philosophy of Shusaku Arakawa, the artist who attempted to avoid the death. From a point of view of Buddhism, if a man died, he would not to have to think about death anymore. Shimamoto considers a living funeral is a ceremony to obtain eternal life.
At the exhibition the artist presents his previous artworks which deserve for his funeral and presents a series of new works such as Hair Brush, My Contaminated Water, and others.
Ryohta Shimamoto(b.1986, Tokyo)
2009 B.A. ceramics from Tama Art University, Tokyo
2009 12th TARO Award exhibition, selected with A.Nakajima
2010 13rd TARO Award exhibition, selected
2011 14th TARO Award exhibition, selected
2012 15th TARO Award exhibition, selected with T.Yamamoto
2013 3331 Independent, R.Kuwakubo Award
2014 Bowl of Langerhans, group exhibition, eitoeiko
2015 BAKEMONO, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2015 Trans Arts Tokyo
Currently assistant staff of Tokyo Yousisha Ceramic Art Studio
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Period: May 14,2016 (Sat) 〜 June 11,2016 (Sat)
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