HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
THE WORLD IS STRANGE! - THE MANGA AND PANTINGS OF TIGER TATEISHI AND YUCHI YOKOYAMA (group)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISAbout The world is strange! - The manga and pantings of Tiger Tateishi and Yuchi Yokoyama
Tiger Tateishi (aka Tateishi Tiger aka Koichi Tateishi; 1941-1998) started his career as an artist when he showed his work in the 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition in 1963. He began to draw cartoons in 1965 and before long was doing series for newspapers and magazines, establishing his name as a manga artist. In 1969, after moving to Milan, Tateishi introduced the spilt-frame technique used in manga to painting, and produced work that incorporated narrative and temporal elements.
Yuichi Yokoyama (b.1967), who studied oil painting in university, spent some time searching for his own style while depicting landscapes and human figures using house paint on plywood boards. As an illustrator, he made his publishing debut with New Engineering in 2004. Yokoyama's works, known as "neo-manga," lacking any clear narrative development. They depict hostile and meaningless acts performed by multiple characters, and mysterious objects in the process of moving and changing, giving rise to a pure temporal flow.
This exhibition features Tateishi's original manga pictures from the 1960s to the 1980s as well as his oil paintings, including some with split frames. It also features Yokoyama's early paintings, his latest work, Iceland, and original manga pictures that were made especially for this event. While referencing the world we live in, both Tateishi and Yokoyama boldly reveal another world without ever dragging reality into it. At the same time, the humor generated by what initially seems to be an "anything-goes" situation, punctuated by the cryptic conversations and nonsensical actions of the residents of this strange, absurd world, provide us with an opportunity to reexamine our own world