Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live
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Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live @ Petzel, New York

Thu 5 Mar 2020 to Mon 8 Jun 2020

Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live @ Petzel

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Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm

456 W 18th Street, NY 10011, New York Chelsea, USA
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm


Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live

New York

Hiroki Tsukuda: They Live
to Mon 8 Jun 2020
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm

Petzel Gallery presents They Live, a solo exhibition of new works by Hiroki Tsukuda. The show marks Tsukuda’s second exhibition at the gallery’s Chelsea location.


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In reference to John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic film with the same name, They Live presents a dystopian reality whereby current society has become surreptitiously controlled by humanoid extraterrestrials. Enamored by sci-fi since early childhood, Tsukuda has drawn inspiration from dystopic thrillers, apocalyptic novels, and cyberpunk manga. These fictions have percolated into the artist’s consciousness, transforming his ideas and artistic practice.

Working in the realms of drawing and digital collage, Tsukuda creates multi-dimensional pictures by compositing a profusion of found and created images and coding them with computerized characters and cryptic hieroglyphics. The resulting images appear in states of controlled chaos and organic mutation, edging on a pictorial language that merges cyberpunk fantasy and real-life space exploration. Some of these abstractions hang off of large hollow wooden enclosures while a set of four bionic figures suspend from vacant steel-pipe scaffolds. Rocks, driftwood, and other organic materials are presented on wooden shelves alongside these cybernetic environments.

This exhibition also features work that combines photographs and improvisational drawings, and engages with a new technique in which geometries and cartographic representations are rendered onto acrylic frames through silkscreen printing.

Hiroki Tsukuda was born in Kagawa, Japan in 1978, and graduated from the Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Musashino Art University. In recent years he has received increasing international acclaim with numerous solo exhibitions including Monolog in the Doom, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2019; 199X Storm Garden, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, 2019; 199X, Nanzuka, Tokyo, 2018; Hour of Excavation, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany, 2017; Hiroki Tsukuda, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany, 2017. A largescale work was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is included in private and public collections worldwide.

Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York

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