Curtain Call

19 Jun 2022


16 Jul 2022

JPS Gallery is pleased to announce Curtain Call, a solo exhibition by Adam Linn, on view at the gallery’s location in Tokyo. This exhibition marks the artist’s international debut and first solo show with JPS, showcasing a series of works that exemplify themes of seduction and adaptability through the lens of anthropomorphism.

A traditional “curtain call” in theatre productions occurs at the end of a performance when performers return to the stage to be recognised by the audience for their performance. Often met with sustained applause, the performers hold their stance whilst being confronted by a sea of bodies they cannot fully discern. This phrase encapsulates Linn’s exhibition as the “performers” are the characters of this anthropomorphised world who are fully aware of their position. The figures in many of these works acknowledge or “perform” for the viewer while deceiving perceptions and truths simultaneously.

The presented works highlight distinctive features of Linn’s punk pussycat character, providing the audience insight into the character’s traits and mannerisms. Additionally, the pussycat is depicted in various scenes related to theatre productions, allowing the audience to create unique narratives surrounding this mysterious character. The pussycat serves as an avatar for Linn’s childhood self, depicting moments of hiding from the viewer in a playful manner. The pussycat acknowledges the viewer’s gaze in a flirtatious way, ushering in closer inspection while presenting a suspiciously coy grin. Other works include curtains impersonating doors and windows, and a Swiss Army Knife disguised as a hand, all of them deceiving truth and reality by inserting elements of the imagined or uncanny in recognisable forms.

The presented series demonstrates objects mimicking other materials while non-human beings display all too familiar sensibilities, operating somewhere between drawing and painting, commanding a presence uniquely their own.

JPSギャラリーでは、アダム・リンの個展「Curtain Call」を開催いたします。本展は、JPSでの初個展であり、作家の国際デビューとなります。擬人化されたレンズを通して、誘惑と適応性をテーマにした一連の作品を展示いたします。


演劇の伝統的な演出である「curtain call」は、公演の終わりにパフォーマーがステージに戻り、観客にそのパフォーマンスを認めてもらうために行われます。観客から拍手喝采を浴びながら、パフォーマーはその姿勢を崩さず、自分でもよく見えないほどの数の観客を前にしているのです。

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