Artist: Trevor Shimizu
Venue: Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Exhibition Title: Gas
Date: August 2 – September 6, 2015
Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Trevor Shimizu, GAS, MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo, August 2 – September 6, 2015
Filming : KEI OKANO
Editing : COBRA
Music: from the recording “Return To Japan” by the New York Video Photography Group
Images and video courtesy of Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Trevor Shimizu was born in 1978 in California and presently lives and works in New York. Shimizu’s recent exhibitions include “Trying to be a Good Person”, Rowhouse Projects, Baltimore (2015) , “Again”, 47 Canal (2014), New York, “Actor”, The Vanity East, Los Angeles (2014), Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art (2014) and “Post”, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark (2013). In Japan, Shimzu’s work was introduced in a two-person exhibition, “Hot” with Ken Kagami, MISAKO & ROSEN (2012) and in the group exhibition, “Comedie Concrete”, MISAKO & ROSEN (2015).
Gas is a comprehensive exhibition of Trevor Shimizu’s fart-related works. The works presented here, although absurd in theory and of embarrassing subject matter, are representations of major life events and themes, the big picture — birth, death, the divine, and coexistence. Three paintings in particular — Praying to the Fart God, Meditating Transcending Earth, and Fart Tragedy — are inspired by Italian Renaissance painting. In addition to these epic scenes, romantic works depict various couples enjoying each other’s company amidst their accumulation of gas, accepting one another’s farts, still in love.