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Hiroki Tsukuda

They Live

456 W 18th Street

March 5 – June 10, 2020

Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live, a film by ArtDrunk

Virtual walkthrough of Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live

Petzel Gallery is pleased to present They Live, a solo exhibition of new works by Hiroki Tsukuda. The show will be on view from March 5 to June 10, 2020 and marks Tsukuda’s second exhibition at the gallery’s Chelsea location. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, March 5th, from 6–8pm.

In reference to John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic film with the same name, They Live presents a dystopian reality whereby current society has become surreptitiously controlled by humanoid extraterrestrials. Enamored by sci-fi since early childhood, Tsukuda has drawn inspiration from dystopic thrillers, apocalyptic novels, and cyberpunk manga. These fictions have percolated into the artist’s consciousness, transforming his ideas and artistic practice.

Working in the realms of drawing and digital collage, Tsukuda creates multi-dimensional pictures by compositing a profusion of found and created images and coding them with computerized characters and cryptic hieroglyphics. The resulting images appear in states of controlled chaos and organic mutation, edging on a pictorial language that merges cyberpunk fantasy and real-life space exploration. Some of these abstractions hang off of large hollow wooden enclosures while a set of four bionic figures suspend from vacant steel-pipe scaffolds. Rocks, driftwood, and other organic materials are presented on wooden shelves alongside these cybernetic environments.

This exhibition also features work that combines photographs and improvisational drawings, and engages with a new technique in which geometries and cartographic representations are rendered onto acrylic frames through silkscreen printing.

Hiroki Tsukuda was born in Kagawa, Japan in 1978, and graduated from the Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Musashino Art University. In recent years he has received increasing international acclaim with numerous solo exhibitions including Monolog in the Doom, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2019; 199X Storm Garden, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, 2019; 199X, Nanzuka, Tokyo, 2018; Hour of Excavation, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany, 2017; Hiroki Tsukuda, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany, 2017. A largescale work was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is included in private and public collections worldwide.

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM. For press inquires, please contact Ricky Lee at, or call (212) 680-9467.

この度Petzel Galleryは、佃弘樹による新作個展「They Live」を開催致します。本展覧会は、チェルシー地区の当ギャラリーにおける佃にとって二度目の個展であり、2020年3月5日から4月18日まで開催されます。オープニングレセプションは、アーティストを囲んで、3月5日(木曜日)午後6時から8時に開催致します。

本展覧会のタイトルは、カルト映画の名作として名高い1988年に制作されたジョン・カーペンターによる『They Live』に由来します。我々の現代社会が地球外から来たヒューマノイドによってひそかに制御されるようになったデストピアの世界を描いた映画で、佃はこうした退廃的なスリラー、終末論的な小説、サイバーパンク漫画といったサイエンスフィクションに熱中して幼少期を過ごしました。これらのフィクションへの傾倒は、アーティストとしての自意識、アイデアの源泉、作品を創作する上での芸術的なメソッドとして、常に重要な役割を果たしてきました。




佃弘樹は、1978年香川県生まれ、武蔵野美術大学映像学科を卒業。以後、東京を拠点に活動しています。近年は、「Hour of Excavation」(Neuer Aachener Kunstverein、アーヘン、ドイツ、2017)、「Hiroki Tsukuda」(Galerie Gisela Capitain、ケルン、ドイツ、2017)、「Enter the O」(Petzel、ニューヨーク、2016)、「199X」(Nanzuka、2018)、「Monolog in the Doom」(群馬県立近代美術館、2019)と精力的に展覧会を開催。ニューヨーク近代美術館、森美術館に作品が収蔵されるなど、その国際的な評価を急速に高めています。

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