Pop Out Again.
From May 1, 2021
Tetsuya Tamanoi was born in the year 1970.
While a contemporary artist, he also has a workshop where he makes studio set designs and installations.
His generation, often called the “MTV generation” in Japan, was heavily influenced by both Japan’s pop culture and the western, especially the American culture.
Japan has outstanding entertainment content. Many anime and comic content have been adapted into Hollywood movies. Many TV animations were exported to Europe since the 80s.
Netflix now leases a studio space of the major Japanese motion pictures production company, “Toho”, which made Godzilla among many other live-action movies. There’s also the Ninkyo (mafia in Japan) Series by Toei which Tarantino adored.
Countless action figure toys inspired by these movies and shows have been sold, attracting many to become action figure toys fans all over the world. Tamanoi created his artworks using polyester resin which makes the action figure toys. Additionally, he applied color gradation used in Ukiyo-e painting to create a new form of expression.
Along with the 4 new addition to his collection of works since his previous exhibition, enjoy Tamanoi’s art which adds a Western taste to spice up these Japanese brands.
About the Artworks
Anonymous （Adam ＆Eve）
Men and women (Adam and Eve) who ate the fruit of SNS gained the wisdom of self-expression, but in exchange they lost their anonymity. Is it free or inconvenient? A work that expresses the modern situation.
Appeared (Chocolate monolith)
A work that imitates the monolith that appears in “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
(The ratio of the size of the chocolate is the same as that of the monolith in the movie, 1: 4: 9) In the movie, the monkey began to evolve into a human by touching the suddenly appearing monolith. The artwork expresses that the act of chewing chocolate is an initiation of growing from a child to an adult. The fact that the chocolate appears slightly to the right gives us a hint that there was someone by the monolith just a moment ago.
Imagine (Cross cake)
Crosses and sweets that are symbols of Western culture as seen by the general Japanese, in which the majority are non-religious.
What can you see by creating an artwork that combines admiration of western cultures with religious concepts that one has no knowledge of? Is there anything in this work when seen by Christians, or would they say this is just a fake?
Contrast (Chainsaw cake)
Cakes and sweets usually cute and sweet, representing gentleness.
In history, cakes and sweets were for the privileged classes. In this artwork, sweet food represents the epitome of human society, such as the Industrial Revolution, colonization, slave labor, and more. This is a work of irony.
Gradation & Bokashi Series
The gradation style is based on traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e uses bokashi which translated to “blurring.” Gradation & Bokashi Series also incorporates the candy color technique that has been established as a custom car painting method in the United States.
After the success of Japanese monster movies, or kaiju eiga, toys made of PVC were in high demand. Also, the concept of villain verses hero is loved by movie geeks inspired by the material and ideas from the movie. These artistic methods have been incorporated into my works for this exhibition.
Crumpled & Drip Series
This series is modeled on the simple technique of what children learn to do-hang, cut, paste, cut and crush. These sculptures that are finished with a crumpled look, with the other works that look like dripping paint, are influenced by pop artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg.
Japan is an island surrounded by water, thus alienating us from the rest of the world. Perhaps this is the mystery behind “Things from Beyond the Sea” that captivates me. I hope you can explore the excitement of this bridge of cultures between Tokyo and LA.
Born in 1970.
After working at Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA), a salesman at a Buddhist altar company, and a club owner in 2000, Tamanoi started making figures and installations used in advertisements and commercials.
In 2008, he began making these figures as contemporary art pieces
2009: “Afternoon without Dreaming…” MORI YU GALLERY TOKYO
2012: “Imaginary World Heritage vol. 1” MORI YU GALLERY TOKYO
“The Brigade Hermèstsch” GINZA MAISON HERMÈS Window Display, Tokyo
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How many Japanese artists do you know? Ken Watanabe, Takashi Murakami or perhaps, Steve Aoki. But of these three, Takashi Murakami is the only contemporary artist. Ken is an actor, and Steve is a son of the famous steakhouse owner who became a popular DJ.and more…
I opened the Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles in May 2019. My love for art knows no bounds, held many art events on my own as a collector, from shows where Chef Watson (AI) competes with artists to museum exhibitions that exclusively featured exotic rare plants from around the world. These are more than art exhibitions; they take people by surprise and joy, showing significance of art events to those who weren’t so interested.
I’m constantly thinking about unique ways to curate art events; hence, I established the Speedy Gallery to introduce artists that are recognized in Japan yet have potential to be celebrated worldwide.
Branding Through Art
I wouldn’t call myself an art producer. I’ve spent many years in corporate brand consulting for Asian clients from Japan to China. Now, I’m planning to brand Japanese art globally through this gallery.
It was easy for companies to build a brand in the past. Before internet, television and magazines were the main media of 20th century. More you invest on marketing and advertisement, more exposure you had. But the rise of multimedia and social media changed the game. Building awareness of the product and services are not enough. Today, it’s about sharing. Sharing the information, users’ benefits, and the experiences with others through media. Companies have expanded beyond television and internet, creating actual spaces where people can directly interact to share the experiences. Many successful brands create these interactive spaces, share the experience through social media and get the people to love their brand. I believe that Speedy Gallery will be beneficial to the people of Los Angeles and the community at large.
Connecting with Society Through Art
Of course, Speedy Gallery will sell amazing artworks like other galleries, and all proceeds will be donated to charities. But it’s more than that. Speedy Gallery is a community space for every art lover and for those who wants to make changes in the world.
Through my career, I have obtained deep understanding of the internet businesses and how the digital natives think. They understand that internet allows people to explore the unknown corners of the societies. They utilized the power of social network to change the society. Take Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, it helped raise awareness of ALS, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism and more.
Please come visit Speedy Gallery to enjoy the art and make change in the world.
Born in Osaka, 1965. Graduated from the Art Department of Nihon University
Founder of Sony Digital Entertainment Inc.
Yokohama College of Art - Visiting Professor
K.I.T. Graduate School - Visiting Professor
Other than consultancy, our activities are wide and far-reaching, from acting as talent agent for the actress "NON", management of an art gallery in Los Angeles, event planning and casting business in Beijing, business development utilizing blockchain from Estonia, hosting "AI Salon" for corporate clients, and development of resorts and high tech agriculture in Okinawa and more.
Also drew attention for intorducing the "American-type Talent Agency Contracts" with affiliated artists, which was new to Japan's entertainment industry.
In 1998, as the Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, he was involved in founding the satellite broadcasting network "Animax", "AXN", and more.
Cartier Award “Change Maker of the Year” (2016)
Warner Brothers’ Award “Best Marketer of the Year” (3 consecutive years 2010 – 2012)
Selected as one of “21st Century’s 51 Key IT People” by Nikkei (2001)
Agency for Cultural Affairs: appointed as “Content Researcher”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “Information Age of Discovery” member
Ministry of International Affairs and Communication: “Media ＆ Software Study Group” member
“Breezing Thru DX” (Koryosha Books)
“Ready for the Paradigm Shift?: Creative Minds Post Corona” (Speedy Books)
“You Are Not Thinking to Profit from Social Media, Are You?” (Shogakan)
“This is OK as a 14 Year Old!” (Kodansha)
“Vox Pop is a Lie” (Satemaga Books)
Speedy, Inc. - President
Speedy Property Management Inc. - President
Speedy Gallery Inc. (CA, U.S.) - President
Speedy Euro OÜ - President
Speedy China - Director
Koryosha Inc. - Director
- Representative Director of The Association of Achantemama
- Representative Director of Non Profit Organization Sosaigigi
- Auditor of Fathering Japan Auditor
- Co-founder of Tiger Mask Foundation
Company: Speedy, Inc.
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