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Chambers Fine Art

55 East 11th Street, 5th Floor
New York City, NY 10003

+1 212 414 1169
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Asia Week Exhibition 2021

Egami Etsu: Facebook

March 11 - April 30
By appointment only

Born in Japan in 1994, Egami spent many of her childhood years in the United States and Europe and has noted that even when she was in high school she was fascinated by Japanese masters of Western style painting (Yoga) such as Ryusei Kishida who looked to Europe for inspiration in contrast to the inward-looking Nihonga artists. For her first exhibition in New York, however, she has returned to painting and has selected a theme that is of universal significance, the human face. How to approach this subject that has been one of the most consistent themes in the history of art since ancient times? Referring to her portraits while working on Mishearing Game, she noted that “It is not the purpose of drawing a portrait but the act itself becomes the material.” This is an even more accurate depiction of the portraits in Facebook than it was of the numerous panels comprising Mishearing Game. Each painting consists of a limited number of lushly painted horizontal, vertical and curved strokes from which human features emerge. Although they appear to represent individuals, any resemblance is accidental. In the age of Facebook with all its inherent problems, Egami’s Facebook is a subtle commentary both on the art of painting and broader issues of communication and interpretation.