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“Techno-Metaphysics”

Grace Borenicht Gallery

It seems a not-so-subtle indictment of the current market-oriented mind-set of the art world how much more attention is paid to Japanese art collectors than to Japanese artists. This situation was temporarily redressed by this show, which offered a fascinating look at the lively state of Japanese contemporary art through the work of five artists. According to curators, Sabu Kohso and William Chambers, the aim was to include artists representing “different styles and generations.” The title of the show signifies what for the curators is one of the most important commonalities underlying the incredibly diverse range of expression to be found in Japanese art today: the interest in technology as it pertains to the broad spectrum of human production.

Ushio Shinohara offered wry commentary on the world of human- and machine-made, as well as imaginary and real, objects. Shinohara’s exuberant

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