Sagacho 2000  

Part 1) The Lights -- Six Emerging Artists through December 3

Pigeons in a flock on the floor of a disused rice warehouse are not unlike people at an art opening. The same kind of headless rushing about cooing to each other, yet never satisfied with their own lot in life. Taiyo Kimura's pigeons, on display at the Sagacho Exhibit Space -- once a rice warehouse, have wheels in place of heads. Made of gray felt they are adhered to the floor and visitors to the exhibition are free to roll a trolley with no wheels across the pigeons' heads. It glides remarkably easily across the floor of birds. On the tray of the trolley are pigeon heads. The title of the work "The dream you shouldn't wake from; the dream you can't wake from" parallels the macabre yet humorous nature of the art piece.

The Sagacho Exhibit Space, after 17 years of featuring contemporary art, is shutting its doors at the end of the year. The final exhibition is actually three. Part one features the work of six emerging artists of whom Kimura's pigeons are part. Other works include: Daisuke Nakayama's large wooden spear heads dangling from chains on the ceiling; Ryosuke Ogino's hard-edged abstracts with subtle realistic plays on the shapes; a video installation of the gallery space by Takehito Koganezawa; Tatsuo Majima's androgynous, still-photo images which are contradicted by a video depicting the photo-shoot. And perhaps the highlight -- well, it was on the brilliantly sunny day I visited -- is Kotaro Miyanaga's brick and mud constructions on the gallery's rooftop.

Miyanaga's work of seemingly incomplete brick structures are made using clay as mortar between the bricks. The clay is impregnated with grass seed. The piece is already growing into a ruinous state of unkempt beauty.

The second part, which will begin December 8, will be a photo documentary exhibition reminiscing the space's art history. The third and final part of the exhibition trilogy, from December 23, is a non-exhibition where the space itself is on show -- stripped bare to reveal the romantically rustic architecture of the building. Romanesque windows and high ceilings together with an enclosed courtyard make this space reminiscent of anywhere fashionably gritty from New York to Barcelona but unique in Tokyo. Part 2) Document Sagacho 12/8 - 12/21 2000 Part 3) Sagacho Exhibit Space 12/23 - 12/30 2000


Sagacho Exhibit Space 3F Shokuryo Building Saga 1-8-13 Koto-ku Tel: 03.3630.3396 Open 12:00 - 20:00 Adults Y500 through December 30