27 Jan — 4 Mar 2017 at Corvi-Mora Gallery in London, United Kingdom
Tommaso Corvi-Mora is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Tomoaki Suzuki.
Tomoaki Suzuki has lived in London since the late Nineties and for the last fifteen years his practice has consisted of a deceivingly simple work: full-figure, scaled-down portraits of friends and acquaintances. Through this very simple means he has managed to touch on many different issues.
He has often talked about his interest in the changing face of youth culture and fashion and the different strategies people use to define their individuality through the clothes they wear. Moreover, positioning his work directly on the floor allows him to look at the relationship between the work, the viewer and their surroundings, gently encouraging the viewer to move around and change viewpoint when looking at the work.
He has also managed to inject new life into traditional wood-carving techniques without slipping into kitsch or faux-naive vernacular - all the while putting together a personal history of youth culture in the East End and more specifically in Dalston, where he has lived for many years, by creating a gallery of portraits of its inhabitants, like a 3-D, contemporary August Sander.
Tomoaki Suzuki has shown extensively both in the UK and overseas, most recently in a touring survey exhibition in Mexico which travelled to Monterrey and Mexico City.