Installation view of Jennifer iida's exhibition “OUTO,” Talion Gallery, 2016
Photo by Shizune Shiigi
TALION GALLERY was founded in Yanaka, Tokyo, in 2011 and relocated to Mejiro, Tokyo, in 2014. The gallery focuses on exhibitions that critique historical developments of art, push the boundaries of cultural movements in the contemporary era, and interact with social changes.

TALION GALLERY represents artists who share an awareness of issues and look beyond their own generation, working with a long-term perspective in mind, and presents the artists to both domestic and international audiences. Represented artists include Keisuke Koizumi, Mariko Tomomasa, Takuma Ishikawa, Sayuri Miyashita, Hiroyuki Nisougi, Takehito Koganezawai, Takuya Yamashita, Momoko Jennifer Iida, and Eri Takayanagi.
B1F 2-2-1 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Exhibition Information
"Cast off skin (OFF) and put on something (ON) 〈Give answer of what exists between hiding origins (ON) and taking off them (OFF)〉"
O,1、2nine (Takayuki Toshima + Masayuki Yoshida), Reiko Kinoshita, Marina Lisa Komiya, Manami Seki, Chong Ri Ae, Kaai Tsuji, mirukusouko + The Coconuts, and others
October 16 – November 14
TALION GALLERY is pleased to present the exhibition "Cast off skin (OFF) and put on something (ON) 〈Give answer to what exists between hiding origins (ON) and taking them off (OFF)〉". The exhibition is conceived as an oogiri, as a form of comedy where performers respond to any given subject with witty answers or performances off-handedly. (Oogiri is traditionally the last part of a modern Kabuki show, during which actors present improvisational performances or comedies.) The process of creating the exhibition included asking the participating artists to examine and create works based on a subject that “exists between hiding origins (concealing one’s true nature) and taking them off (taking off one’s true nature).” The exhibition provides a circuit in which improvisational answers are given and also acts as a methodology that brings a sense of speed to the relationships between artists and works, planning processes and exhibitions, and so forth.

Therefore, the works presented in the exhibition are not just products. The audience will see various aspects of works that emerged in response to acts that occurred during the process of creation (to contemplate a given subject, to cast off one’s skin, to wear something, to switch between on and off) and that are action-based works involving performances themselves.
Takayuki Toshima, Yikes… this man, 2015