Chie Matsui “Picture (and its friends)”

Dates|May 13 – June 11, 2017
Venue|MEM map
Open hours|12:00-20:00 Closed on Mondays [Tue. if the Mon. is a public holiday]
Tel|+81 (0)3-6459-3205

[Opening Reception]
May 13th, 18:00〜 at MEM

Guest speaker|Chie Matsui and Miki Okubo [Université Paris 8, Arts Plastiques, TEAMeD (Théorie Expérimentation Arts Médias et Design)]
Date & Time|May 19th (Fri.) 19:00〜
Venue|MEM (Admission free, Japanese version only)

Chie Matsui, a graduate of Kyoto City University of Arts, began exhibiting large scale installation works since the mid 1980s. Her works have been widely presented in international exhibitions including “project 57” at MoMA, New York and the 44th Biennale di Venezia and the Yokohama Triennale.
In addition, she has worked on her video works, with emphasis on her signature video series “HEIDI” since 2000. Drawing and paintings are also important mediums for Matsui along with her installation and video works.
She calls her installation and video works in the later 90s, “a vessel of allegories”, which, in other words, is an artwork containing allegories and tales. She tries to catch the sensation in the moment an allegory is born.
MEM hosted Matsui’s first solo show of paintings and drawings, titled “Vessel of Allegories”, in 2007, followed by “Ms. piece” in 2014, exhibiting daily drawn works on paper also shown at the Yokohama Triennnale at the same period.
“Picture (and its friends)” centers on new oil paintings with other “pictures” made by various kinds of techniques and materials. As the title of the show mentions, the artist has produced “pictures” by different techniques and materials such as oil, pencil, watercolor, nail enamel and carbon paper. In combination with these materials, she uses brushes, clothes and fingers. Thus, her artworks derive from the physical interaction with materials.
Matsui says she doesn’t draw “artworks” but “pictures,”
This exhibition presents her “pictures” along with the tales she tells.