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Ryuta Iida Exhibition: “Archaeopteris in The Bookshelf ”
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Published: August 10 2016

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The Second Stage at GG #43
Ryuta Iida Exhibition: “Archaeopteris in The Bookshelf ”
DATE : Tue. August 30 - Fri. September 16, 2016
TIME : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“The Second Stage at GG” is a series of exhibitions presenting more recent works by former finalists in the gallery’s open competitions launched to promote budding artists in various fields. The 43rd exhibition in the series, titled “Archaeopteris in The Bookshelf,” will feature the works of Ryuta Iida, who won the Grand Prize in the 22nd “Hitotsubo Exhibition” Graphics Competition in 2004. Subsequently, in 2007 Iida formed the “artist unit” Nerhol together with graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka. Since its formation Nerhol has exhibited works at galleries and art museums in Japan and around the world.

Iida’s works are created by making cuts of progressively different sizes into the pages of a book, whereby the book comes to reveal a new aspect via the cut-out shape or cross-sectional graphic impression, without resorting to such means as printed words or photographs. Iida creates works which take the form of books that are construed not by “reading” them but by “cutting” and “sculpting” them.

The theme of the exhibition is the bookshelf. Up to now Iida has produced installations in which he turns books around, concealing their spines and facing their edges forward, so that all written information is hidden from view. He sees these as works of sculpture. For this exhibition he has carved book shapes from wood, the material from which paper is made, and lined them up on a bookshelf, creating a bookshelf in a state before it contains information. It will be displayed as an installation, a sculpture liberated from written information. Also on exhibit will be photographs and a video presentation of Iida’s book sculptures created from different approaches.


Information Provided by: GUARDIAN GARDEN

Period: August 30,2016 (Tue) 〜 September 16,2016 (Fri)
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
Venue: GUARDIAN GARDEN Hulic Ginza 7chome Bldg., B1F 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227

Last Updated on August 30 2016

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