Jul 17th 2020

Shikoukairo II: Patterns of Thought
Hairpin Arts Center

Join us online and offline at Hairpin Arts Center for a panel discussion of Shikoukairo II with the 2020 exhibiting artists. Full artist bios available at chicagObihiro.org:
– Jennifer Chen-su Huang | Chicago
– Hua Xi Zi | Chicago
– Taro Takizawa | NY
– Kiyomi Negi | Chicago
– Kioto Aoki | Chicago

We will be livestreaming the talk at stream.airmw.org. Audience attendance will be in compliance with Hairpin Arts Center’s COVID-19 safety protocol. More info coming soon.

This event is part of the Shikoukairo II special programming, and the exhibit is a Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project Initiative presented by Asian Improv aRts Midwest.
Visit chicagObihiro.org for latest info.

With travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting original plans for the 2020 exchange, this year’s exhibition focuses on the underlying agenda of the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Program: to reframe the conversation around cultural diegesis in the arts. Featuring Chicago-based artists Hua Xi Zi and Jennifer Chen-su Huang, New York-based artist Taro Takizawa, and Kiyomi Negi & Kioto Aoki of AIRMW, Shikoukairo II brings together a group of artists whose practices employ a visual and conceptual rhetoric intuitively influenced by their diasporic background, yet beyond a diegetic search for cultural identity through their work.

The exhibition revisits the concept of shikoukairo – meaning patterns of thought. The 2019 Shikoukairo show introduced the concept to highlight the multiplicities of approaches by Japanese and Japanese American artists outside the archetypal, diegetic confines of the search for cultural identity through art. This year, shikoukairo acquires a new meaning, as the artists simultaneously reflect on what it means to make work and how one does so during extended isolation. The process and material-based works are occipital, tactile and linguistic explorations that try to question and reassess the relationship between body, mind, and our immediate environment of the home, social, and physical space.

Visit stream.airmw.org for all Shikoukairo II Livestream Events:
– Friday, July 17th | 7pm – Artist Talk
– Saturday, July 18th | 7pm – Shikoukairo II LIVE CONCERT from Tokyo, Elastic Arts, and Hairpin Arts Center featuring Hiroshi Mehata
– More events coming soon!

Initiated in 2018, the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project is a program produced by AIRMW that facilitates an immersive exchange between Japanese-American artists in Chicago and artists from the Obihiro / Tokachi area in Japan.

In 2019, artists from Obihiro and Chicago presented a joint exhibition at Hairpin Arts Center under the name of Shikoukairo – Patterns of Thought. Framing the conversation around what it means to be defined as a Japanese artist, particularly outside of Japan, the exhibition focused on artists who deal with a vernacular of aesthetics rather than a vernacular of didactics. The artists here are inherently influenced by their Japanese cultural background, yet the content of their work goes beyond a retroactive search for cultural identity. Their mode of practice is grounded in how the innate nature of growing up with the language, culture, and traditions manifest a visual or affectual aesthetic. The international dialogue between Chicago and Japan maintains a global perspective integral to the landscape of contemporary art.

Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project is an AIRMW Arts Initiative program. Visit airmw.org for all our upcoming projects.

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