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Bringing together the work of forty young artists, Reflex seeks to present the voice of young Japan through their own unique brand of self-portraiture. From a gay sumo wrestling couple, subverting the usual masculinity of the Manga culture, to amateur photography of Geishas, there are bewildering and fantastic concepts at play here, highlighting the pressures at work in Japanese teenage minds.
For Japan the existence of the 20th century was announced apocalyptically by the hydrogen bomb at Hiroshima. Whatever clothes the Emperor wore that day, they were useless to him now. And no sooner had the revelation of Western civilisation been so awesomely visited upon the Rising Sun than came the 21st century, gizmoid and insensible, surreal and plastic.

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Reflex, 40 urban young artists and performers realise the manifestations of modern Japan through their own unique brand of self-portraiture. Superficially many of them seem simply weird - two gay Sumo wrestlers fighting in a bathhouse, for instance, thereby subverting the parameters of traditional, male-orientated Manga culture, or amateur photography of Geishas and phallic steam trains. But they are more than that.

By identifying six distinct Japanese reflexes to the 21st century, namely the Kid Reflex, Naked Reflex, Manga Reflex, Group Reflex, Amateur Reflex and the Imaged Reflex, these artists have provided, in a myriad of self-representations, the concerns of young Japan, shocking to anyone ignorant of the pressures at work in their society.

The amateur auteur seeking to explain; the group methodology seeking to conform; the liberated innocence of nakedness at odds with nudity; the mass-market phenomenon of a strictured teenage audience; the professional artist and above all, the powerful Manga culture - these are bewildering and fantastic concepts, illustrated by images both sublime and confusing.
ISBN: 978-0-9542648-6-4
Publication Year: 2003
Binding: Flexibound
Pages: 272
Format: 210 x 245
Illustrations: 300 colour and 30 B/W
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Designer: Matt Roach
List: Contemporary Art
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