Press release by Residency Unlimited/
Real Fairy Tale looks at the impact of Disney’s animated fairy tales films on how women in Asia view themselves or are looked upon, through the lens of two women artists who grew up in Japan and Taiwan. This gendered phenomenon is set against the historical backdrop of WW2 and the Japanese defeat which led to major US and Western European interventions in East Asia. Such globalization led to the introduction of Western fairy tales, and their animated versions with its cultural symbolism became immensely popular in mainstream culture.
This is the backbone of Real Fairy Tale. An assertion of self-awareness where two very distinct bodies of work enter into dialogue over shared experience, and then transitions from the personal level to broader societal issues relating to female identity, stereotyped gender and how social norms are generally perceived.
In Organic:Emerging Japanese Artist in New York
This exhibition introduce emerging artist from Japan whoa are making their marks in their adopted city of New York, the center of the international art world. In each of their chosen mediums, they present divergent, yet correlating, approaches toward the world consisting of both organic and inorganic materials. Some explore the man-made environment as subject and other reflect upon nature. At first glance, they seem to be contrasting attitudes, but all of the featured artists work with a strong awareness that are key aspect of our 21-cnetury reality.
Naomi Okubo: Depicts imagined spaces that are imbued with intimacy and artificiality. The figures recurring in her paintings are eerily unidentified, except for her clothing that overtly accentuates her femininity through colors and floral patterns. As if pulled from theater sets or pages of shopping catalogues, the image of the interior- the world these women inhabit- poses a question of one's identity as both real and artificial. Her love of floral motifs abounds in the work, and Okubo's literally covers herself with patterns and motifs that both camouflage her identity, just as they heighten and compose.
Short Video by FCI (in Japanese)
An article by Nippon Keizai Newspaper (in Japanese)
Photo by Lars Danielsson
photo by Ryuhei Sugita