O JUN Solo Exhibition : MANMANCHAN AN

10:00am-6:00pm, April 16 — July 3, 2016/ admission free



The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC] kicks off its first AIR of 2016 with MANMANCHAN AN, a solo exhibition by O JUN. O JUN has gained attention for his unique style of representation, in which he expresses motifs that live in the instant between connection and disconnection, between coincidence and inevitability, before the genesis of meaning.
Scenes reminiscent of a familiar fragment in time, symbolic iconography such as crests and flags, distinct images with indistinct lines, strong visual margins, his characteristic glass sheets and heavy iron frames. The figurative images in his artwork, which interpret scenes of modern Japan from a peculiar point of view, seem to transform into meaningful, extraordinary moments in time.
MANMANCHAN AN, the exhibition title, is baby talk used in Osaka and other areas of Western Japan when reciting a prayer to the Buddha. But the phrase’s sound and infantile status detach it from its original religious context and render the words almost meaningless. They are juxtaposed against the innocence of childhood and the silly puns of stand-up comedians from yesteryear and become mere sounds whose meaning has dissolved in midair. Sense and nonsense merge midair in the title, as they often do in O JUN’s works.
O will install and exhibit his past artworks, including oil paintings and his signature iron-framed artworks. His resident production is expected to be drawn using a handmade alloy pen. An art appreciation experience that bypasses words and travels directly from the eyes to the brain, his exhibition is sure to remind us of the indescribable pleasure and profundity of oil painting.

O JUN, Bonfire, oil on canvas, 116×116cm, 2010.
photo by MIYAJIMA Kei

Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery



1956 Born in Tokyo, Japan.
1980 BA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
1982 MA, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.

【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2014 "DaDa-Co", Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Sannojyo's Dream", Miuzma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "KAKUCO", Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 "JEDNOM OLOVKOM-from a pencil", 030NE, Belgrade, Serbia.
2008 "I AM O JUN" J・CHEN Gallery,Taiwan.
2002 "Recent Works27," The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.

【Selected Group Exhibistions】
2015 "Poetry by Painters, Paintings by poets", The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa/ Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi/ Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo/ Ashikaga Museum of Art, Tochigi/ Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan (-2016).
2014 "Bishojo:Young Pretty Girls in Art hidtory", Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan.
2012 "Art and Air", Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan.
2012 "Zipangu", The Niigata Bandaijima art Museum, Niigata, traveled to Takasaki Museum of Art, Gunma/ Hachinohe City Museum, Aomori/ Akita Museum of Mdern Art, Akita, Japan.
2011 "CAFE in Mito 2011-- Relationships in Color", Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.
2010 "Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s", The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
2010 "Artist File 2010", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "The 14th Vilnius Painting Triennial", Contemporary Art Centre, Vilinius, Lithuania.
2009 "Views of IKAI -- Selected Works from the Current Painting Department of Tokyo University of the Arts", The University Art Museum-Tokyo University Of The Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
2007 "Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker", Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan.

The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa, Japan.
Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan.
Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan.

【Reference artworks】

2sGrove, oil on canvas, 116×116cm, 2010.
photo by MIYAJIMA Kei

OJUN6sHOHUKU(Hau-co), acrylic gouache, pigmment on paper, glass, iron, 121×170cm, 2013.
photo by MIYAJIMA Kei



Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University
Cooperated by Mizuma Art Gallery

Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

O JUN 展 まんまんちゃん、あん

2016年4月16日(土)~7月3日(日)10:00-18:00 会期中無休・入場無料

国際芸術センター青森では、2016年度最初の展覧会として、O JUNによる個展「まんまんちゃん、あん」を開催します。
O JUNは関係性と無関係性、偶然と必然の狭間で出現するイメージを「意味」が発生する前の「モチーフ」として描くという独自のスタイルで注目を集めてきました。見覚え/聞覚えのあるような出来事の断片を思わせる場面、紋章や国旗といった記号化された図像、明瞭な図像と不明瞭な線、強い
タイトルの「まんまんちゃん、あん」は、念仏を意味する大阪、関西方面の幼児言葉です。ただしその音は宗教的行為というよりはむしろ、往年の漫才師の決め言葉や子供時代のたわいもない日常と重なり、ほとんど意味をなさない言葉として、本来の意味から乖離し、意味を空中分解させた音として耳に焼き付いていきます。意味と無意味がユーモラスに宙ぶらりんになっている様は、どこかO JUNの作品とも重なっていきます。
本展では、O JUNのこれまでの油彩画や鉄枠で構成された作品をインスタレーション展示するとともに、手製の合金ペンによる直描きドローイングが滞在制作される予定です。




1956 東京都生まれ
1980 東京芸術大学美術学部油画科卒業
1982 東京芸術大学大学院美術研究科油画専攻修士修了

2013「O JUN―描く児」府中市美術館/東京
2009「JEDNOM OLOVKOM 一本の鉛筆から」O3ONE/ベオグラード、セルビア
2008「I Am O Jun」Gallery J. Chen/台北、台湾
2002「近作展27 / O JUN」国立国際美術館/大阪

2012「Art and Air~空と飛行機をめぐる、芸術と科学の物語」青森県立美術館/青森
2011「O JUN MALT GOTT」Gallery Clemens Thimme/カールスルーエ、ドイツ
2011「CAFE in Mito 2011-かかわりの色いろ」水戸芸術館 現代美術ギャラリー/茨城
2010「The 14th Vilnius painting triennial -False Recognition」Contemporary Art Centre/ヴィリニュス、リトアニア
2010「絵画の庭 ゼロ年代日本の地平から」 国立国際美術館/大阪








主催 青森公立大学国際芸術センター青森
協力 Mizuma Art Gallery

Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery