About the Exhibition

Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU is a survey of works by leading Japanese artist Tabaimo.

'MEKURUMEKU’ is a contraction of two concepts: ‘Mekurumeku’, a word which imagines a sense of uncertainty or perhaps a physical sense of awe, and another phrase, ‘Mekuru-Mekuru’, which evokes a scene in which layers are peeled back over and over again, revealing new truths or information.

The exhibition includes multi-screen video works that immerse gallery visitors within constantly moving, changing environments that combine hand-drawn imagery and sound.

The ocean forms a recurring motif within Tabaimo’s art, as a meditative and destructive force of nature beyond human control.

Tabaimo’s works draw upon the historical Japanese woodblock tradition, its colouration and shading, peering into hidden corners of the human psyche to reveal a highly surreal world of beauty, anxiety and horror within.

Curator: Rachel Kent (MCA)

Tabaimo, Dolefullhouse (still) (detail) 2007

Tabaimo, Dolefullhouse (still) (detail) 2007, single-channel video installation with large panoramic screen, image courtesy the artist, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo and James Cohan Gallery, New York © the artist