Yokoo Tadanori: Y-junction Continued

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori

The Y-junction, one of the most prominent features of Yokoo Tadanori’s painting since 2000, stemmed from a photograph the artist took on a visit to his hometown of Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture. Having heard that a model shop from his youth had closed down, Yokoo went to take a picture of the site with his camera, but when the photograph was developed, the nostalgic landscape was nowhere to be seen. Rising out of the darkness in the flash was a building and in front of it, a forked road – this unfamiliar night scene, divorced from Yokoo’s yearning for the past, would exert a tremendous influence on his work. Yokoo attempted to make a faithful copy of the photograph on canvas in order to create a universal painting, entirely free of personal elements.

The symmetrical structure of the work, distinctive for its two vanishing points, would later come to be known as the Y-junction series. Due to the neutral quality of the subject, the Y-junctions became a receptacle for Yokoo’s vast body of imagery, fusing with a variety of past styles and functioning as a laboratory for his art.

This exhibition, concentrating primarily on Y-junction paintings since 2006, consists of approximately 70 works. The event provides viewers with an important opportunity to see many of the works, representing a trajectory of ambitious challenges, all at the same time, including the Hot Springs series, packed with motifs related to hot-spring resorts, paintings executed publicly at museums throughout the country, and the pictorial experimentation of the Black Y-junction series.

August 8 (Sat.) - November 23 (Mon.), 2015

Closed: Mondays (except Sep. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 23) and Sep. 24, Oct. 13
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)
     10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)

Adult  ¥700
University students  ¥550
High school students and Age 70 and over  ¥350
Junior high school students and younger  Free

Memorial Theater 2007 Nishimura Gallery
Rousseau's Y-Junction 2007 Himeji City Museum of Art
The Fiend with 20 Faces Appears in Dogo 2007 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
Astral Town 2008 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
The House of "Galois" 2009 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
Yumechiyo's Diary 2007/2010 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
Tokyo Family  2012 Artist
It's How to Live 2012 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)