LY EXHIBITION “PILED UP”

HAPPENINGText: Tatsuhiko Akutsu

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Ordinary people have little memory of their dreams at night. Even when they see something interesting in their dream, it’s usually only a fragmentary memory and subsequently a small conversation topic. But, Ly is different; she always sees a dream, remembers it, musticates it, and finally outputs it in to different expressions. She is, in other words, a professional dreamer. In PILED UP, her first exhibition in a year, she showed us the world like the one you may see when you cut open her head.

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Once an interview of SHIFT kicked off with a picture in which she put out her tongue which she had graphically painted with a magic marker. That was impactful in every sense—from the truth that a woman paints dicks, and the monochrome graphical touch of her works, to the nature of her own. Since the interview about a year ago, Ly has constantly been working in performance art such as wall paintings and live paintings. In this time, presenting a full-length wall painting, stereoscopic figures, and typographical works, she honestly expressed the world of her dreams unable to put into only a small canvas.

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DIK, the main character of this exhibition, is one of the motifs developed in her dreams. At one time, Freud claimed that it is in a dream that man’s deep psyche exists, and on analyzing, at depth, tried to uncover hidden factors in his mind. In Freud’s dream analysis, the idea of sex is crucially important; a dick is often symbolized and it is said that something long or sharp indicates a dick. In Ly’s dream, DIK is just the thing.

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To see such a dream could be generally concluded that he/she carries some sexual problems, but her painting has much difference from the instinctive things of humanーsomething much more warm, interesting, downy, cute and a bit cool. Mixed with graphical and artistic factors, a piece of work comes into existence. Wondering what her deep psyche is, we are led to the deeper parts of her world.

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Some works are created in the form of piling up a few motifs, and they are also the images in her dreams. She interprets some characters in order to keep in a piece, and takes up her pen. The pen is for writing as well as for painting. As long as she can directly put one source of a dream into an expression, it may not matter whether it is painting or writing.

Dreams of others are never visible. But in Ly’s paintings, the dreams of a different human from you are definitely expressed.

Ly Exhibition “PILED UP”
Date: July 10th – 25th, 2009
Open: 12:00-20:00
Place: gallery POINT
Address: 1F 1-4-7 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5428-5179
http://www.point-of-view.jp

Text: Tatsuhiko Akutsu

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