Edward del Rosario + Asuka Ohsawa, It’s all fun and games at The Flat – Massimo Carasi

The Flat – Massimo Carasi presents the duo show of Asuka Ohsawa and Edward del Rosario,. These two artists are presented together for the first time at the gallery in a double solo. Both of them have Eastern origins – Ohsawa’s parents are Japanese, del Rosario’s are Chinese and Filipino. Both artists live in New York and share some common peculiar methods and different approaches. The exhibition is organized through the collaboration between the two artists and the gallery, the result of the protagonists’ combined values.

Asuka Ohsawa, The Flat - Massimo Carasi

Asuka Ohsawa, installation view [1], 2013, It’s all fun and games, The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan (courtesy The Flat – Massimo Carasi)

The wide space allows the visitor to take a nice look at the whole exhibition where the artworks are placed, perfectly aligned to look like collectable cards and confirm the firmness of the rules of a game. Measures, sizes, levels, colors make the show look totally homogeneous. This strictness of the modus operandi reflects the essence of Ohsawa and Del Rosario’s act of making. Del Rosario’s practice, indeed, includes even the packaging of his own oeuvres: the boxes are carefully handmade by the artist and consist in plywood planks and a polyurethane negative mould. Ohsawa paints as it is a sort of ritual – “I clearly remember” says Antonella Magalini from The Flat “when Asuka was working on a site-specific artwork, standing on the top of a ladder, here in the gallery, and something suddenly fell to the floor causing a loud noise which scared everyone but her. She simply kept on painting without any worry.”

Asuka Ohsawa, The Flat - Massimo Carasi

Asuka Ohsawa, installation view [2], 2013, It’s all fun and games, The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan (courtesy The Flat – Massimo Carasi)

Figures painted with spot colors, outlined with absolute accuracy, in both series are another common feature that make them whole. The techniques differ as the inspirations and the results of their respective researches do: Del Rosario takes icons from the Tarot cards, videogame subculture, European carnivals and allegorical illustrations, shown as detailed pictures, depicted with oil on linen texture on wooden panel; Ohsawa is interested in the historical course of the game, making the example of the American board game The Game of Life, an expression of the ordinary Western man’s personal fullfilment throughout the different phases he encounters: her gouache-on-paper works look like collages, advertising posters or graphic drawings. The repetition of certain geometrical shapes, the bold outlines and the perfection of the layers seem to recreate an artificial work, more like an exercise.

Edward del Rosario, The Flat- Massimo Carasi

Edward del Rosario, installation view [1], 2013, It’s all fun and games, The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan (courtesy The Flat – Massimo Carasi)

This exhibition is beautiful as the playful meeting in a Milanese gallery of Western and Eastern game traditions.

Edward del Rosario, The Flat- Massimo Carasi

Edward del Rosario, installation view [2], 2013, It’s all fun and games, The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan (courtesy The Flat – Massimo Carasi)

Edward del Rosario + Asuka Ohsawa, It’s all fun and games at The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan, through February 14, 2013

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