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"Our Tears Shall Fly Off into Outer Space" A Solo Exhibition by Chiho Aoshima

time 26 Sep - 14 Nov (every Tue to Sat) 11am (8hr)

location Perrotin Hong Kong 》807, K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

(free event)
Lotus Child, 2010
FRP, lacquer
29.5 x 50 x 50 cm
Indoor sculpture
©2010 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Perrotin

Perrotin Hong Kong is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Chiho Aoshima featuring a selection of digital animation, sculptures, and hand-painted works. This marks the artist’s premiere presentation in Hong Kong and her first solo show with Perrotin in Asia.

In the fantastical images Chiho Aoshima has created—whether in her early digitally created work or her most recent experimentation with hand-painted ceramics—buildings turn into fairy-like creatures; trees walk and talk; nymphs wander the graveyard; and even in apocalyptic images, such as of tsunamis, one sees a new world thriving after the end of the world. Her work kindles our imagination for an otherworld that is invisible to us yet is all around us.

View of Chiho Aoshima’s exhibition Our Tears Shall Fly Off into Outer Space at Perrotin Hong Kong, 2020
Photo: Ringo Cheung
©Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Perrotin

View of Chiho Aoshima’s exhibition Our Tears Shall Fly Off into Outer Space at Perrotin Hong Kong, 2020
Photo: Ringo Cheung
©Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
​Courtesy of Perrotin

Aoshima’s imagery of spirits, goddesses, nymphs, plants, and even buildings, already bursting with life in her paintings, gained even more vivacity in her video work. City Glow (2005), Aoshima’s first animation work, creates a cyclical narrative in which a day elapses in a seven-minute loop. Takaamanohara (2015), a multiple-channel video projection with 3D soundscape, debuted in Seattle in 2015 and subsequently was shown in Tokyo and other places. In this work, the whole world undergoes a life cycle in a seven-minute loop. An enchanting landscape populated by anthropomorphic buildings, spirited animals, and fairy-like figures is born in the wake of a volcano eruption, but has to be rebuilt following a devastating tsunami.

The Sun Goddess Amaterasu and the Ninigi Legion (detail), 2008
Variable dimensions ©2008
Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Perrotin.

Aoshima’s deep interest in Japan’s religious traditions, Shinto in particular, is evident in her work. She believes in something spiritual that transcends the “sad but unescapable realities of this world,” and in the cycle of death and rebirth.

Cat and Moimoi, 2009
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
Framed: 29.5 x 29 x 3.2 cm
©2009 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Perrotin.
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