TARO NASU is pleased to announce Futo Akiyoshi’s solo exhibition Godchildren.

I, Futo Akiyoshi, am allocating each of the 29 paintings in this series I made from 2020 to 2022 to one of a total of 29 curators and art critics, and am asking each to write a text about, and title, that painting. The information that I am giving these writers will be confined to the painting’s appearance (you will view the actual painting or a digital image of it) as well as its size, materials, and year of production. I shall provide absolutely no information on things such as the painting’s background or other details about it. In addition, as a writer, you will have free rein as regards the text length and style. Your title and text will be displayed along with the painting allocated to you as part of the work.

In accordance with the above request, Futo Akiyoshi entrusted 29 writers with creating texts. This exhibit includes those 29 works by Akiyoshi and the 29 texts inspired by them. Akiyoshi purposely does not prescribe the relationship between his works and the texts, such as how viewers are expected to interpret them in conjunction with each other, or the relationship between each work and the collection as a whole, or anything beyond the general framework and project concept outlined in the request to the text writers. He does not even state if he intends for the viewers to form their own impressions. Since quite a long time ago now, there has been much discourse regarding the control of information imposed by the progress of technology and the way that information can be biased. Perhaps, in these current times, Akiyoshi’s new work can serve as a catalyst for us to reconsider the occurrence and development of the “fact,” namely, the event that is the creation of these pieces of art.

29 curators and art critics
Taro Amano, Machiko Chiba, Mio Harada, Arata Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Hattori, Shihoko Iida, Riku Iioka, Daisuke Ishida, Tadashi Kanai, Hikotaro Kanehira, Eriko Kimura, Tomoaki Kitagawa, Keiko Koshihara, Mariko Mikami, Keisuke Mori, Chieko Nakagawa, Fumiko Nakamura, Takuya Nakao, Hajime Nariai, Maki Nishida, Yumiko Nonaka, Yoko Nose, Koichiro Osaka, Ryo Sawayama, Kazuho Soeda, Naoko Sumi, Takuya Tsutsumi, Ayumi Watanabe, Hiroki Yamamoto

Futo Akiyoshi
Born in Osaka, 1977.
Currently lives and works in Nagoya.
Graduated from Nagoya University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts.
In 2011, granted the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Overseas Study Program for Emerging Artists.
Associate Professor, Nagoya University of the Arts.

Recent solo exhibitions include;“22 sep 2022” CAPSULE, Tokyo (2022),“Purple Green Orange” TARO NASU, Tokyo (2021), “Something in painting Part3” Minatomachi POTLUCK BUILDING, Aichi (2019), “All for one” SEXAUER, Berlin (2018), “We meet only to Part” TARO NASU, Tokyo (2018), “if nothing else” NON Berlin, Berlin (2016), “Adherence” SEXAUER, Berlin (2015) and more.

Selected participating exhibitions include; “Visual arts festival Variety 196 works on 19 themes” The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2018), “Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2017 Delicate and dynamic” Pola Museum Annex, Tokyo (2017), “19th DOMANI” The National Art Center, Tokyo (2017), “VOCA Exhibition 2014 Perspectives on Contemporary Art- Writers of the New Plane” THE UENO ROYAL MUSEUM, Tokyo (2014), “Do not touch it!? (Permanent Exhibitions)” Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi (2013), “Aichi Triennale” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi (2010), “Garden of Paintings- From the Horizon of Japan in the Zero Era” The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2010) and more.
Public collections include domestic museums such as Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and The National Museum of Art, Osaka as well as overseas.