Returning for his sixth annual show this September, artist Shinichi Moriyama takes on the country’s current economic and social climate with an ambitious new exhibition of paintings. “No School Tomorrow If Catastrophe Hits” approaches the current atmosphere of crisis with the gusto of a child riding his bicycle in the middle of a typhoon (something he did often as a child in Japan).
Of his show, Moriyama says, “When faced with catastrophe, we are forced to appreciate the most basic aspects of our lives: sleeping, fornicating, eating, sorrow, anger, happiness, love.” The work he presents next month will focus on these foundations of life that occur outside the bureaucracy of “day-to-day crap”.
“No School Tomorrow If Catastrophe Hits” open First Thursday, September 1, from 6-10pm. We will also be live-streaming the event online here:http://www.ustream.tv/
Born in June of 1969, Shinichi Moriyama says his first summer of love was quickly over. He discovered punk rock at age twelve and thusly his teenage years were ruined. Later he jumped on the bandwagon of ravers in the ’90s, his second summer of love… and he doesn’t recall a thing from that time. Now he is a happily married, tax-paying, law-abiding adult with a child… and is more confused than ever.