11 Jun 5 things you ought to know before coming to see three is a magic number 15: Hypersweet
In order for you to prepare for S.A.C.’s latest exhibition that comes straight from the Land of the Rising Sun, we have collected for you “5 things that you ought to know before coming to see three is a magic number 15: Hypersweet.”
They are descendants of “Superflat” or the movement that Takeshi Murakami is a part of!
three is a group of three Japanese artists that are from Fukushima that was started in 2009. Making waves within the artworld, three has completely broken down the stereotypes of the innocence and oftentimes loveable aesthetics that are intertwined within the Japanese culture.
three is a young artist group that follows the footsteps of other legendary artists such as Takeshi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. Both artists are often thought to be the movers and shakers of the contemporary art world in Japan and are part of the movement now known as “Superflat.” This movement is known for its significance in culture through the incorporation of Anime and Manga that often depicts things in two-dimensional fields and uses this in order to create work that is new and different.
Japanese Culture through the Rose-Coloured Lens
With the ever-growing buzz around Anime and Manga from Japan, three chooses to use these by-products created through mass manufacturing as part of their pieces just like their predecessors from the Superflat Movement. In order to expose the underbelly of society through the ages through the utilisation of well-known cartoon characters that are just waiting to be explored. When viewed from far-away or close-up, we are sure that you will be able to discover completely different ways of looking at the work that evokes stimulating ideas.
The pieces of work themselves are intertwined with objects that have connotations of sexual desires that are born from the different ideas within the pockets in Japanese society, including mass-production. This arose from the increasing demands of the consumer, and so, three takes this idea and tells a narrative that is both incredibly bright and colourful as well as sharp and poignant.
3. Distinct approach
Expressing the problems of society through innovative techniques
The materials that the artists use in the majority of their works are figures from different shows that are easy to buy and easily accessed. One can say that this is the artist’s way of bringing the two worlds together — one that is Fine Arts and one that is purely based in the world of commercial and mass-production.
These dolls that have been selected from many thousands are squished, mutilated and dismembered. These dolls are then placed together with precision in order for the viewer to see what is behind the sculpture. The use of the colour beige that can be likened to that of marble is made from the vast amounts of female figures that are compressed together simultaneously which creates this sense of confinement. This feeling of confinement is further emphasised through the TV screen which makes you question about what it would be like if all of the dolls were to appear all at once. This technique can not only show the feeling of repression within society but also the perfectionistic traits that are aspirational in Japanese culture.
The work has been showcased worldwide
Although three are renowned in Japan, they are also world-renowned with touring exhibitions that travel through places such as Japan, America, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong and all the four corners of the earth. With their works in the collections of many well-respected and known collectors.
“three is a magic number 15: Hypersweet” is the name that the artists’ have used for a lot of the exhibitions because it comes from the title of a song that belongs to Bob Dorough. This song talks about the limitless possibilities of the number 3 when multiplying it with other numbers, just like the three artists within the group when they collaborate with one another in order to produce new pieces of work that are unique and never before seen.
5. First Debut in Thailand at S.A.C.
It truly is a remarkable occasion for such world-renowned artists such as three to display their works in Thailand for the very first time in this exhibition “three is a magic number 15: Hypersweet” represented by S.A.C. Gallery from now until 28th of June 2020.
Story by: Danish Seksan
Graphic Designer: Saruda Suansa-ard