EXHIBITIONS

WELCOME TO THE GRÉY MARKET

WELCOME TO THE GRÉY MARKET

MICHAEL HO June 6 - July 24, 2021

Tokyo International Gallery is pleased to present “Welcome to the Grèy Market,” a solo exhibition by Michael Ho from June 11 (Fri) to July 24 (Sat), 2021.

Ho studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Art, where he was awarded its highest honor, Latin Honors, in 2018. After graduating, he moved to Tokyo where he explored possibilities of more complex paintings that incorporate American pop culture into paintings and sculptures focused on visual semantics and pseudo-doctrinalism, creating an active dialogue with the viewer.

In “Welcome to the Grèy Market,” the works immediately confront the viewer with a familiar yet alien representation of the visual experience of a retail space. Through satirical depictions of brand/pop iconography, nostalgia, cultural literacy, and “the decorative” function as a point of vulnerability in the viewer.
The work encourages the viewer to indulge in a kitsch sensibility while simultaneously condemning such indulgence.

While this use of satire can initially be understood as an unsubstantiated and generic critique of consumerism, the ulterior effect of the work destabilizes one’s certainty in one’s art taste. If one is seduced by the pop aestheticism of the work but then refuses to engage with the pop aestheticism’s satirical employment then one’s taste has been indeed “destabilized.”

“What is taste?”
“What is my taste?”
“Is my taste bad?”
“How does taste develop?”

We hope you will enjoy “The Grèy Market” by Michael Ho.

ARTIST PROFILE

MICHAEL HO

MICHAEL HO

Michael Ho was born in 1996, in Hawaii and currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Ho graduated summa cum laude with a BA in fine arts from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018. In the UCLA art department, Ho worked under and among the department's artists/professors: Barbara Kruger, Lari Pittman, Andrea Fraser, Catherine Opie, Adrian Wong, Adrian Saxe, Mary Kelly, and Silke Otto-Knapp. At the end of 2018, he moved to Tokyo, Japan and began showing work in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Focusing on the visual semantics and quasi didacticism, his paintings and sculptures take from fleeting moments of American pop culture, investigating the more intricate ability for painting to engage in a contentious, active conversation with the viewer.

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TITLE
WELCOME TO THE GRÉY MARKET
DATE
June 6 - July 24, 2021
Opening Hours
12:00-18:00
CLOSED
Sun, Mon, and Public Holidays
Opening Reception
June 6 17:00-20:00
ACCESS
8 minutes’ walk from Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line “Tennoz Isle Station”, 10 minutes’ walk from Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line “Tennoz Isle Station”, 8 minutes’ walk from Keikyu Main Line “Shinbanba Station”