9 new original Artworks and experimenting with a new medium: Lithography on Limestone
We are pleased to announce that SHUN SUDO will hold a solo exhibition “Blowin’ in the Wind” at Elephant Studio (WATOWA GALLERY) in Tokyo from Saturday, July 9, 2022.
In addition to 9 new original Artworks, SHUN SUDO will showcase his first lithograph work, hand in hand with Masashi Ozaki a printer and Lithography craftsman.
While Lithographs are usually made on metal plates, both have decided to make lithographs on Limestone in light of Ozaki’s incredible craftsmanship abilities and his wish to be the artist’s tool.
Lithography was a technique used in Picasso’s most representative artworks and his lithographs were known to be experimented in ways the medium had never seen before.
Dates: July 9 (Sat) - July 24 (Sun), 2022, 12:00-19:00 *Closed on Wednesdays
Venue: elephant studio 1-2F (2-7-4 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: WATOWA GALLERY
The timing of this solo exhibition coincides with the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine that began early 2022.
Among all the anti war songs Shun sudo feels that Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the wind” (1963), one of the most popular anti-war songs, is the most relatable one for him. The song has been said to have been written in support of the black American civil rights movement of that time and raises a rhetorical question about peace, war and freedom. The singer believed that while all the answers were present no one dares to find them.
Although the song carries a strong anti-war message, it never forces an "answer" on its audience, similarly we can see this pattern in shun sudo’s work. "Flowers" and "doves," which are the main pieces of this exhibition, are subjects frequently used as symbols of peace, which is a rather direct metaphor, and, if you look closely at the "vase" containing the "button flower," you will notice that it can also look like an upside-down helmet of a soldier. Various other weapons meant for killing, such as shell casings and bazookas, seem to have lost their original destruction purpose and have been reborn into something new, with the artist’s re-appropriation,
In a world where political turmoil is becoming more and more severe by the day, the question of "what can art do” remains. If you are curious about SHUN SUDO's attempt to answer this question, come and see for yourself.