air #1, 2016
oil on printed canvas
46 x 60 cm
ExhibitionsMEIRO KOIZUMI - Today My Empire Sings, De Hallen, Haarlem, NL, 24.09.2016 - 08.01.2017
2016 Art Basel
In contemporary Japan the status of the Emperor is still untouchable and a taboo. In the Air series Koizumi depicts the figure of the current Japanese Emperor and questions the way in which he (a ruler or god) is to be represented. To reflect on this Koizumi makes the Emperor’s figure disappear/ invisible in these paintings. From existing (news) pictures he eraesd the Japanese Emperor, leaving a ghostly emptiness in his place. The series is titeled Air as the word air in Japanese has a meaning of "unwritten rule" or "atmosphere that keeps one from breaking unwritten rules". These paintings carry this meaning of air, as well as consist of it.