Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Community Event: Koki Tanaka Artist Talk and Video Screening

KOKI TANAKA: Artist talk and video screening: "A Haircut by 9 Hairdressers at Once (second attempt)"

Drawing from his experience as artist-in-residence at Toronto’s YYZ gallery earlier this year, video artist Koki Tanaka continues to develop ideas inspired by his stay here. While in Toronto, Tanaka noted how the wide variety of international hair salons—Chinese, Portuguese, Indian, Jamaican, Japanese, old-style, hip-style, etc.—reflects the multicultural character of the city. During a recent stay in San Francisco, Tanaka observed the same thing, and created the video "A Haircut by 9 Hairdressers at Once (second attempt)" (duration 30 minutes). On Tuesday, November 2, at the Japan Foundation, he will show this new video and discuss his works and influences.

Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (doors 6:00)
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor St. W., 2nd floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: free
This event is in English.

RSVP Required: jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php or (416) 966-1600 x102

Tanaka’s work is currently on display at the Japan Foundation, Toronto as part of the exhibition “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art.” “Winter Garden” curator Midori Matsui describes his videos as documents of “transformations of banal everyday objects, motivated by his playful interactions with them.”

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