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Ei Arakawa

Pacific Peripheries

By TARO MASUSHIO

EI ARAKAWA, installation detail of “I Am an Employee of UNITED Vol. 2.” at Overduin and Kite, 

Los Angeles, 2012. Courtesy Overduin & Co., Los Angeles.

It would be easy to mislabel Ei Arakawa as a "Japanese artist." His work See Weeds (2011), for example, features performers who take iconic Gutai paintings mounted on wheeled frames and move them around in unison with music, making them "dance." The accompanying narration consists of stories that the artist uncovered through archival research regarding the conflicts Gutai members…

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