Monday, February 23, 2009
Megumi Shimizu （清水惠美）（日本）
Imagine Gallery represented artist
Conception of the works:
Two or three years ago, I’ve visited the exhibition of Yves Klein in France. I’d seen his works exhibited in Japan a couple of times. But that was the first time in France. I’ve got a totally different feeling by viewing his works in Japan and in France. I’d studied Japanese drawings, also Chinese painting’s theory in Japan. I’d also been to a lot of exhibitions of Asian art in the west. I had viewed many art works from the west. But I discovered there are some feelings that turn out from western art, these feelings does not exist in our life at all. In fact, the west art history has been treaded as the biggest part while we study the world art history. But there are many other kinds of culture that exist in this world, aren’t there? The concept of contemporary art was found and based on the western art. So my topic is the contradiction and assimilation between the local cultures and the contemporary art concepts which are developing and processing by the art and culture community whom also exist beside the western art.
The Motivation of the works:
Why we also talk about the “Nu yishu”- “Female Art” in China but never talk about the “Nan yishu” – “Male art”?
Why in the signs of restrooms, we’re always using the blue color to describe the Man? And to describe Woman is always by using Red?
Why the most common model for sketch works has always been a woman?
Although guess there are tons of answers, there is still not a good one for it. So, I decided to use performance to express these feelings, using the model of Yves Klein to perform. But the color and the model are different. The performance is different either. Then we could bring up different culture, other kinds of culture.