Works of the late Japanese artist, Tetsuya Ishida, is being exhibited in Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong until December 21.
Described his works as a portrait of his “weak, pitiful and anxious self”, Ishida tried to feature Japan’s “lost decade” in his paintings before he passed away in 2005. The contexts in his paintings were at a time of a nationwide economic recession plaguing Japan through the 1990s. He captured the feelings of hopelessness, claustrophobia, and emotional isolation that burdened him and dominated Japanese society.
Waiting for a Chance (1999) shows the desperation and anxiety of young men waiting for the result of their fate at a hospital.
Exercise Equipment (1997) depicts a suited man being coerced to continuously run or his ankle would get hooked by the other men monitoring beside him.
The melancholy and traumatic sensations inside the paintings describe the dysfunction of the society at that time. Sad, but genuine.