Cosmopolis - Adam King & Yutaka Inagawa

29 Feb 2008 – 11 Apr 2008

Pippy Houldsworth

London, United Kingdom


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Pippy Houldsworth is very pleased to present a two-person exhibition of works by Adam King and Yutaka Inagawa, two London based artists pilfering the everyday to create the extraordinary. Kleptomaniacs of societal debris, King and Inagawa force recognition of the forgotten and ignored. The result an exhibition of beautiful decay.

Adam King's installations burst from the gallery wall with abundant energy yet intricate detail, cascading to the floor in a riot of colour. Yet despite their mock baroque aesthetic these controlled explosions reveal themselves to be constructions of our consumer detritus ' techni-coloured entanglements of tat. In opposition to their kitsch appearance King's reliefs offer a weighty criticism of our modern throw-away culture. The appropriated imagery powerfully depicts the excesses of a seduced society. For his collages, King ransacks magazines, catalogues and advertisements to create sublime 'landscapes' of the familiar and unusual. Whilst the colour and imagery in these works allude to the works of Paul Nash or Yves Tanguy, King's own voice speaks loud and clear in his investigation of the here and now.

Yutaka Inagawa's paintings are equally imbued with an overload of visuals, signs and motifs. In his partly abstracted collages, and use of photo-transfers, he explores the dystopian repercussions of urban life with disarming delicacy. Inagawa draws on collected and recollected imagery from his own photo-documentation and the overflowing image library recalled from memory. The fragmented recovery and combination of techniques reflects the chaotic foundation of the works. Inagawa views the modern city as a site of confusion whereby the grotesque has invaded our ideals to the extent that we no longer recognise it as such. Like the surrounding landscape the works are montages of clashing idiosyncrasies; artificial dreams and awakening nightmares.

Adam King won the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print prize (2002), was shortlisted for the Pizza Express Prospects Prize (2002), and was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize both in 2006 and 2007. He is one of a number of emerging talents to have had several works acquired recently by Charles Saatchi. He is represented by Lounge Gallery, London. Yutaka Inagawa, Japanese and living in London, studied at Chelsea College of Art, has had solo shows in France, Korea and New York, and is currently featured in Wound Magazine 07/08.

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