2020.09.02 - 2020.09.13
¥400(with tea)
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■Exhibition Statement by the artist ■
Wastepaper is “good”. No matter what you do with it, it can look quite good. Probably this is because wastepaper can easily fulfil the human desires of destroying / changing something, and these desires can be directly transferred and appeared on the wastepaper. And that is exactly why turning wastepaper into art is so tricky. I have tried several times in the past, but every time it was like a no-contest due to the interruption by a cornerman. (There was a brilliant move for a moment, but that was about it.) For this reason, wastepaper had not been the center of my artworks for the past few years. However, a week ago suddenly I made a new piece, of wastepaper. It may look like ordinary wastepaper but is clearly something else. I would say it is a situational object that actively contains space. This is how I regained my passion for wastepaper. Also, the title of my first solo exhibition in 2009 at Art Center Ongoing was “Paper Works”. It is not bad to conclude my last exhibition here in Kichijoji with “paper stuff”. That said, wastepaper always has been and still is a difficult material to work with. I can’t do what I did a week ago anymore. This time is a foul play…
(Motohiro Tomii)

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There are two online talk shows during the exhibition. The viewing fee is 500 yen each and available only for 2 days. Please note that all the talks are in Japanese.

Available online from 9/5 through 9/6
“About Paper 1”
Guest: Keisuke Kondo (Painter) x Motohiro Tomii (Artist)
How to watch: This talk is available at 500 yen. Please send your name and email address to info@ongoing.jp . We will get back to you with the payment information.

Available online from 9/12 through 9/13
“About paper 2”
Guest: Keisuke Kondo (Painter), Daishiro Mori (Designer), Motohiro Tomii (Artist)
How to watch: This talk is available at 500 yen. Please send your name and email address to info@ongoing.jp. We will get back to you with the payment information.

■Note for the events (by Motohiro Tomii)
“I see the printed materials produced for art exhibitions (books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and flyers) not only as a tool for publicity, documentation and reference, but also as another kind of artistic experience that is on the same line as the experience of seeing actual artworks. Isn’t designing art equal to re-creating art?” This is what I wrote for a talk event during my solo show at Art Center Ongoing in 2012. Ever since then, I have hosted talks that are related to designs during my exhibition at Art Center Ongoing. As written above, to me the catalogues and other printed materials mean not merely documentations, but also experience and space and I believe that should be the case. The themes for the previous talks at Art Center Ongoing include “ink on the space (printing)”, “moving the space on the paper (editing and binding)”. In those talks, I invited experts who work in the design and art field to learn from them and ask questions. This time, we will be talking about “paper”, an entity that holds everything we have discussed in the former talks. Paper is deeply involved with artists like me as a material, a space and a wall of artmaking. It is a perfect subject for my last talk at Art Center Ongoing.

There will be two talks.
1. Keisuke Kondo is a painter who pours an extraordinary passion and cold-heartedness into “paper” sometimes gently, sometimes severely. With Kondo, I will talk about each other’s paper works. We will also talk about our collaborative work in the collection of The Kawasaki City Museum that was damaged by Typhoon flood in 2019.
2. Daishiro Mori is a designer who has participated in the past talk series related to the printed materials at Art Center Ongoing. Keisuke Kondo, the painter who has worked collaboratively with Mori will ask Mori a lot of questions about paper. Kondo is super curious and always asks people a lot of questions, so let’s sit back and see what Mori will give him as answers! Don’t miss it!
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Keisuke Kondo
Born in 1981. By calling himself a painter, he attempts to have dialogues with painting. In recent years, he has a continuous series of collaboration work with novelist Hideo Furukawa, and workshop with artist Motohiro Tomii. Important solo exhibition series include “Painting for 12 months” (2012-2013, MA2 Gallery in Tokyo), “Keisuke Kondo’s ‘Table Top Drawing’” (2017-2020, MA2 Gallery in Tokyo). Selected solo show: “The Gesture of Painting” (2010, Satellite in Okayama), “From Here to There and Over There” (2009, Gallery Countach in Tokyo), “Project N 34 Keisuke Kondo” (2008, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in Tokyo). Selected group shows: “VOCA 2019” (2019, Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo), "Ten-Tan” in collaboration with Hideo Furukawa (2019, LOKO Gallery in Tokyo), “Painting Here and Now” (2018, Fuchu Art Museum in Tokyo), “Hikikomisen 2017” (2017, Saitama), “Simple Painting, Simple Sculpture KONDO Kesiuke | TOMII Motohiro” (2013, Kawasaki City Musuem in Kanagawa) and others.

Daishiro Mori
Born in 1971. Works mainly on editorial designs for art exhibitions and film festival catalogues. Selected works : MOT Collection Exhibition Series, “MOT Annual 2011” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Gallery 4 Exhibition Series, “Undressing Paintings: Japanese Nudes 1880-1945”, “Waiting for Video, Works from the 1960s to Today” (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo), “Dan Graham by Dan Graham”, “Shuzo Takiguchi and Marcel Duchamp” (Chiba City Museum of Art), “Grand Openings, Return of the Blogs” (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), “PAUL KLEE: Art in the Making 1883-1940” (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto), “Kiyokata’s Nostalgia” (Suntory Museum of Art), “Cai Guo-Qiang”(Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art), “Printed Matters: Robert Smithson’s Landscape” (Collaborative works with Sen Uesaki “IDEA” Magazine No. 320, Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing), “Rapt! 20contemporary artists from Japan” (Japan Foundation) and others.