September 28, 2023


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Juxtapoz Journal – Artwork (Historical past) on and as Cardboard: Julio Anaya Cabanding “Wunderkammer” @ Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo

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Nanzuka is happy to current Wunderkammer, a solo exhibition of latest works by Spanish artist Julio Anaya Cabanding. This marks Cabanding’s first large-scale solo presentation at Nanzuka Underground, following his small version present final 12 months. 

Cabanding begins his artistic course of by amassing waste items of cardboard, plasterboard, and wood boards, utilizing these discarded supplies and dilapidated metropolis partitions as his assist medium upon which to color well known artistic endeavors together with the likes featured in textbooks. Such is a counteraction in opposition to a system that makes an attempt to deify artwork, and on the similar time, may very well be thought-about as the last word type of portray conceivable inside our ecosystem.

Simply as Marcel Duchamp had as soon as launched a ready-made urinal into the house of the museum, Cabanding takes a well-known portray from artwork historical past out of the museum context and into the town. Though each artists problem the extent to which the intellectual presence of artwork may very well be made extra acquainted and accessible, they endeavor to realize this via totally reverse strategies. Cabanding’s works could seem like a variant of appropriation artwork, but additionally they contact upon themes of museums and public house (the road), in addition to the sturdiness and the worth of artwork. On this respect, the works may very well be outlined as a brand new type of twenty first century artwork that makes an attempt to lift questions concerning the situations of the present artwork system which heralds and locations emphasis on museum establishments and academism.

The title of the exhibition, Wunderkammer, which interprets into English as “Cupboard of Curiosities,” refers to cupboards that emerged within the late Renaissance and Baroque durations that have been used to current collections of notable objects of varied origins.For this exhibition, Cabanding has created works that imitate dinosaur fossils, historic Egyptian mummies, the creations of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Hokusai Katsushika, Warhol, Basquiat, and all the things from sneakers to Astro Boy toys, and even the works of Hajime Sorayama and Javier Calleja, and shows them in a cupboard format. As well as, a portray of Picasso’s Guernica produced to about the identical scale as the unique work, shall be offered within the first-floor gallery house.

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