Text: Alec Coiro
Photo: Kikuko Usuyama
What is there left to say about mechanical reproduction? At this point, probably something involving physical reproduction contrasted with simulated reproduction in the virtual dimension. Reproducing the old fashion way, can be novel or quaint. In this of the latest show at the Japanese boutique Chaos OMOTESANDO, it’s art.
The reproduction technique in question is the silkscreen. And the artists are Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu. To underline the non-virtual reproductive nature of their art, Tiravanija and Vu staged their silk screening process as a live performance. And it’s worth noting that what adds depth to the show (besides being created before your eyes) is that while they are using a technique for reproduction, no two pieces come out the same. The t-shirts are printed on several times, 4 or 5 times in some cases, and all contain their own unique textures.
To underscore the titular theme of being united under the same sky, the show also includes 41 newspaper artworks from major titles from across the globe. These include The Asahi, Nikkei, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Der Tagesspiegel, and others.
The show is up until the 24th and if you’re in Tokyo, it’s worth checking out.