Futo Akiyoshi: A Faithful Antinomy

Longhouse Projects is very pleased to present A Faithful Antinomy, by Futo Akiyoshi. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Antinomianism comes from the Greek words ‘anti’ (against) and ‘nomos’ (law), thus literally meaning ‘opposed to laws.’ Martin Luther coined the term ‘antinomian’ during the Protestant Reformation, rebelling against the laws of the Catholic Church, stating that faith alone was sufficient for salvation.  Immanuel Kant applied the term ‘antinomy’ to his philosophy, arguing that for every law, there is an equally rational but contradictory law–a thesis and an antithesis.  Since then, hardline anarchists and Baptists have used the term to describe their movements and motivations.

Berlin-based Japanese artist, Futo Akiyoshi, applies the term to his own artistic practice in order to describe the constant back-and-forth between want and need, desire and limitation.  His works attempt to balance restraint and resignation.  In his series of 100 Polaroid photos in which he takes immediate snapshots of assorted configurations of objects, he displays a strangely jocund rigor, hybridizing play with product.  In his Room series, he repeatedly layers strokes of gold oil paint from left to right to create basic geometric studies of rooms, wavering between audacity and humility.  With his Field series, his gestural monochromes become rugs (or portals), to physically walk around, to visually enter, to conceptually and spatially link the domestic (the Room paintings) to the workplace (the Polaroid photos).

Unlike preceding individuals who have used this term, Akiyoshi is not revolting against anything, but rather, he is reverting to the origins of Antinomianism in order to revise its meaning for his own agenda.  By having faith in this innate dichotomy of his, he can exploit it.

Untitled, 2009 (detail)

Untitled, 2009 (detail)

Polaroid
4 ¼ x 3 ½ in / 10.7 x 8.9 cm
EACH
*a set of 100

Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation view

Installation view

Futo Akiyoshi: A Faithful Antinomy
Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation view

Installation view

Futo Akiyoshi: A Faithful Antinomy
Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation view

Installation view

Futo Akiyoshi: A Faithful Antinomy
Longhouse Projects, New York

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm
EACH

Installation view

Installation view

Futo Akiyoshi: A Faithful Antinomy
Longhouse Projects, New York

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
35 ⅜ x 25 ⅝ in / 90 x 65 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
27 ⅝ x 35 ⅜ in / 70 x 90 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

Room, 2012

Room, 2012

Oil on canvas
14 ⅝ x 17 ¾ in / 37 x 45 cm

the field, 2013

the field, 2013

Oil on canvas
32 ¼ x 32 ¼ in / 82 x 82 cm

the field, 2013

the field, 2013

Oil on canvas
32 ¼ x 32 ¼ in / 82 x 82 cm

the field, 2013

the field, 2013

Oil on canvas
32 ¼ x 32 ¼ in / 82 x 82 cm

the field, 2013

the field, 2013

Oil on canvas
32 ¼ x 32 ¼ in / 82 x 82 cm