Shintaro Miyake

Galleria Suzy Shammah

Imagine a street in the center of Milan in winter—narrow, with neoclassical architecture, full of traffic, and crossed back and forth by a barefoot human figure with an enormous bull’s head. The figure suddenly drags out of a gallery a large red stuffed fabric octopus, manipulating it to engage in a grotesque and somewhat ridiculous mock battle, until the sea beast emerges victorious. This is Minotauro contro Mostro Marino (Minotaur Versus Sea Monster), 2004, the most recent action staged by Shintaro Miyake, a thirty-four-year-old artist from Tokyo, who “fishes” in the collective imagination of the places where he exhibits and transfers his catch into his own fantastical world, which is modeled on Japanese manga and adventure films for children. A series of vividly colored drawings and woodcuts completed the show; in them, figures with large heads and extremely slender, threadlike bodies

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