NEW INTIMACIES at XYZ collective AUG 7 - SEP 4, 2016
Nikolas Gambaroff + Lisa Jo itle : YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) media : dried cochineal, cotton size : dimensions variable year : 2014
Ei Arakawa + Sergei Tcherepnin title : Licking at Listening media : brass board, transducer, amplifier, ipod, sticker size : dimensions variable year : 2014
COBRA + Yui Yaegashi title : The exotic communication Vol,2 media : Jenga , Acrylic paint , HD Video size : 17min42sec (Video) , 8 x 8 x 28cm year : 2016
Fumio Inoue + Ayako Nagata title : How to learn better (The Channel, from 14th Istanbul Biennial) media : Model, book, map, and others size : dimensions variable year : 2016
Jeffery Rosen + Misako Rosen title : KARAOKE NOTE media :Paper
Kaoru Kan + Kazuhito Tanaka title : Memory of Blue Vase (photograph) media : chromogenic print ize : 56cm x 45.7cm year : 2016
Kaoru Kan + Kazuhito Tanaka title : Memory of Blue Vase (re-production) media : whisky bottle, twine, paper clay, water color, varnish size : approximately 23cm x 10cm x 10cm year : 2016
Puppies Puppies + Forrest Olivo title : PIZZA PARTY
Katsuhiro Saiki + Emi Nishiwaki title : Signal media : HD video size : 17min year : 2016
Kazuyuki Takezaki + Mizuki Takagi title : Sister of Milos media : crayon on paper, photograph, coins size : dimensions variable year : 2016



Exhibition Title : NEW INTIMACIES

Venue : XYZ collective (Tokyo)

Date : AUG 7 - SEP 4, 2016  (14:00 - 19:00)    open on Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun


Artist :

Ei Arakawa (artist) + Sergei Tcherepnin (artist)

Fumio Inoue (CAMP) + Ayako Nagata (Picniic)

Lisa Jo (artist) + Nikolas Gambaroff (artist)

Kaoru Kan (artist) + Kazuhito Tanaka (artist)

COBRA (artist) + Yui Yaegashi (artist)

Katsuyuki Saiki (artist) + Emi Nisiwaki (artist)

Mizuki Takagi (olive) + Kazuyuki Takezaki (artist)

Puppies Puppies (artist) + Forrest Olivo (Contemporary Art Daily)

Jeffrey Rosen (gallerist) + Misako Rosen (gallerist)


Curated by Kaoru Kan and Kazuhito Tanaka

Hosted by Abstract Committee 2016 + XYZ collective

Graphic design by Kazumasa Tachibana and Miwa Komatsubara

Supported by Taka Ishii gallery / MISAKO & ROSEN / Maki Fine Arts / XYZ collective


Institutions, exhibitions, publications, and art criticism – the various mechanisms of the art world - all revolve around the individual style of the singular artist. The relationships between the artist and his/her peers seems to remain in the background. Questions arise. How could we know if two artists sharing a studio influence each other? How could their ideas emerge out of discussions at the dinner table? Or how could their perceptions be shaped by the mutual experience of traveling together?


 This exhibition invites nine couples. They are artists, gallerists, and curators. Many of the couples don’t collaborate regularly. Yes, they love each other, but they sometimes criticize each other too. In some occasions, they must compromise their wills for one another. They might even break up in the future. There’s so much complexity to a love relationship - what kind of particular “intimacy” could we locate between them?


 Today, we know what is happening, and what is being discussed around the world because of internet and smart phones. We can participate in the highly personal event of a friend who is far away as if it is happening right in front of our eyes. The relationships between people occur on a global scale, but “intimacy” is still a primal currency.


 The “intimacy” of two which is developed by spending everyday together. The “intimacy” of two as a result of emotional quarrel. The “intimacy” of communication behind the technological advancement. The “intimacy” of the struggle to understand your partner’s thought and art practice. This exhibition focuses on such exchanges between couples. The exhibition asks each couple to make artwork as a collaboration.


 A couple is a small unit, but its complexities exist in the history and emotional landscape of the relationship. Their artwork could claim a new standard in today’s highly speed information society. The couples will present unexpected values in this exhibition, and make them available toward the public. The possibilities of “new intimacies” are coming. It’s embarrassing to call this “love”, but this exhibition will discover it at last.