"Alhambra drive", W596mm × H336mm, Gelatin silver print on wood panel, 2018

NOV 10 SAT - DEC 15 SAT 2018

NOV 10 SAT 5PM - 7PM

Sat, Sun : 2 PM - 7 PM
Mon, Thurs : 10 AM - 3 PM

Please note that sometimes we will be temporary closed weekdays. Sorry for any inconvenience.


amala is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Msaru Aikawa, starting from November 10th Saturday.

In previous exhibitions, Aikawa has attracted attention for publishing reproductions of many music CDs by famous groups such as AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk (the artist personally reproduces by hand the album sleeve, liner notes, price sticker and the like, and records his own acapella versions of all the songs). Aikawa has also jointly produced with modern artist Yuko Ozawa “rhythm”, an installation synchronizing the exhibition venue lighting with the blinking of security guards sitting in the corners of the venue, along with other works using surveillance camera images output through pinhole cameras and Web networks, etc. By projecting existing art fields in innovative dynamic ways, while at the same time presenting everyday objects with which we are all very familiar as media (intermediaries) he pushes spectators away from reality through creative activities that affirm from unrealistic landmark points the reality in which we were unconsciously living.

This exhibition features photographic works developed by a process of outputting images by PC and exposing them to light from a projector projecting PC screens onto a wooden panel coated with gelatin and photographic sensitizer emulsion inside a dark room. The venue also houses an installation in which linen fabric (reality) and images (fiction) are exposed simultaneously. These will be exhibited together with surveillance camera images output through Web networks and real scenes captured with smartphone cameras.

We hope you will very much enjoy immersing yourself in Aikawa’s latest stimulating works, questioning our sense of what is real by presenting another fictional world removed from reality.

Approaching this exhibition: Masaru Aikawa

A huge image born in an instant before being consumed in the twinkling of an eye, flickers before our eyes leaving no chance to verify whether it is reality or fiction.

Every time I encounter such images, they exist without necessarily being there as something whose existence can be observed by anyone, and that makes me feel uneasy.

I must constantly make internal judgments for me to be myself, forcing me to question whether I actually exist as myself. The projector grid on the surface of the works is the boundary line that sits precisely between reality and image. For me, that grid is rather like prison bars, something reliable.

For example, the momentary jolt experienced when returning to real existence after immersion in an advanced graphics videogame or a movie could also be described as the sense of touch felt when the mind passes through the grid.

We are always coming and going between reality and fiction, and every time we pass through the grid we feel anxiety and relief, pleasure and pain. But that feeling of touching the grid could perhaps signify a new sense organ recognizing the transition between reality and fiction.

Masaru Aikawa
Date of Birth:    10/06/1978
Place of Birth:    Lima, Peru
Nationality:      Japanese
Education:       Tama Art University, Tokyo Japan. 2000-2004 Bachelor of Media Art

Selected Exhibitions
"Jump“ ,Towada Art Center[Tokyo],2015
"Art Meets02“ ,Arts Maebashi[Gunma],2015
"Train festival“ ,artarea-b1[OSAKA],2015
"Wish You Were Here" eitoeiko[Tokyo],2014
"Unconditional Surrender in the decade of the 2010s," eitoeiko[Tokyo],2013
"after effect",4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art[Australia,Sydney] 2011
"Gateway Japan",Torrance Art Museum[USA,L.A] 2011
"Mauvais Genre",_ilivetomorrow[Hong Kong] 2011
"Roppongi Crossing 2010",Mori Art Museum[Tokyo] 2010
Art Fair Tokyo[ Tokyo] 2010
Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair[ Korea,Seoul] 2009
101TOKYO Contemporary Art Fair [ TOKYO] 2009
Mainichi Shinbun.20 April 2015,Evening paper
Asahi Shimbun Digital.19 April 2015
Toonippo,19 April 2015,Morning edition
Bijutsu No Mado, No.310, July 2009, P.60-61, by Pf.Yuji Yamashita
Bijutsu No Mado, No.311, Augusut 2009, P.54-55, by Pf.Yuji Yamashita
Art Collector, No.17, December 2009, P.99, by Kenji Kubota
BT, vol.62, No.936, May 2010, P.135-139, by Yoshiyuki Ishii
Geijutsu Shincho, May 2010, P.115, by Shincho-sha
Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?, 2010, P.30-35, Mori Art Museum, Bijutsu-Shuppan-Sha
BT, vol.62, No.937, June 2010, P.48, by the artist
EYESCREAM, August 2010, P.84, MIKA x Masaru Aikawa, Ongaku to Hito
VOICEWORKS, Autumn 2011, No.85, P.53-54, Masaru Aikawa's CDs by Camila Galaz, EXPRESS MEDIA, Australia

1-36-8 Kichijoji-honcho
Musashino-shi, Tokyo
JAPAN 1800004