Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, B31
Born in Kochi, Japan, and currently based in New York, Akira Ikezoe uses painting, drawing, performance and animation to explore the meandering relationships between humans and nature. His work is as humorous as it is philosophical, suggesting that nature is not only around us, but most importantly, existing within us.
Proyectos Ultravioleta’s presentation is an immersive installation revolves around Ikezoe’s “Future Primitive” paintings. Similar to the paintings themselves – in which a series of plants are potted in a variety of ceramic and makeshift vases whilst standing alongside imaginary plant-like sculptures – this exhibition invites visitors to see the world through the artist’s eyes and inhabit a Zen-like liminal space. Here, the booth space becomes transcendent, expanding into Ikezoe’s subtle and contemplative paintings; and the paintings themselves become a mental extension of the inhabited environment.
Akira Ikezoe holds a BA from Tama Art University, Tokyo. His solo exhibitions include “If 6 was 9”, Proyectos Ultravioleta; NADA NY, New York (2016); “El fin del Este Coincide con el Fin del Sur”, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2015); “Drawing”, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York (2010); “Repeater”, SANAGI FINE ARTS, Tokyo (2009); and “Ephemeral Garden”, ESSO Gallery, New York (2008).