June 8 - September 4, 2019
Keisuke Yamaguchi: Backing forward
In the late 1980s, the artist Keisuke Yamaguchi (b. 1962) suddenly rose to fame for his large print works depicting arks. He subsequently explored motifs such as flowers, seeds, hearts, and the human body in a variety of works, including paintings and three-dimensional pieces. Three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Yamaguchi began a diary titled After the Quake: Notes, which he has continued to write without missing a day. According to the artist, “People can’t see the future. We can only see the past and the present moment, so it’s as if we’re moving forward while facing backward.” In this exhibition, we trace the trajectory of Yamaguchi’s career and introduce some of his latest works, which make use of the motif of overlapping faces.