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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 520


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    (Born in 1970)
    Enjoy Car Life - C
    titled 'Enjoy Car Life - C' in English (on reverse)
    four acrylic on canvas
    130.5 x 80.3 cm. (51 3/8 x 31 5/8 in.) x 4 pieces
    Painted in 2005

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    Nishizawa's work preserves the traditional Yamato-e school of composition of a high vantage point, the assortment of people with their uniform clothing, hair styles, and accoutrements setting off the painting's unity and highlighting its themes. The movements of the various figures are connected by its visual effects to create the dynamic of the painting.

    Nishizawa primarily focuses on depicting the negative social effects Japan's modernization. In Waiting for something big to happen A- (Lot 521) and Enjoy car life (Lot 522), we find men and women consumed with themselves, the Japanese people. They are unable to stray beyond their known boundaries symbolized by the highways and billboards. In Waiting for something big to happen a- the gardens and trees are a physical and mental barrier against any imaginable non-Japanese country, item or concern. These ignorant men and women naively follow one another in meaningless queues or congregate in front of oversized billboards covered in images linked to Japan. The uniformly clad salarymen and housewives are once again preoccupied in Enjoy car life-c where each panel is scattered with men and women unaware of the potentially dramatic car incident on the highway. Nishizawa's addition of a realistic scenario unexpectedly grounds his works in reality and we realize that the actions and emotions of Nishizawa's depicted figures may not differ from the common man or woman.

    Nishizawa's work illustrates the absurdities of life and the gap between external behavior and internal desires in an economically advanced society where individuals are devoted to gaining acceptance from the group. At the same time, there is a sense of emptiness and insignificance as the small figures get dressed in the same attire to go about their daily tasks en-masse. Chiharu uses bright animated colours to bring us a humorous view of this strange phenomena. The overall print-like quality and miniature size of the figures easily misguides the viewer into believing that the work is pure fantasy. However, upon recognition of Nishizawa's satirical representation of major events such as the atomic bombing, armed men and coffins (waiting for something big to happen a-), we finally see how the artist subtly brings our attention to greater social issues of Japan itself.