Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition

Longhouse Projects is very pleased to present the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Rendition, Mitsuko Miwa’s first solo exhibition in New York.

Rendition focuses on multiplicity within the medium of painting. In one body of work, Miwa offers seemingly typical “abstract paintings”—bands of color that are derived from stacks of nameless books, providing a pictorial dilemma, in which the viewer is asked to read but cannot. In another body of work, she produces partially abstracted images, repetitive depictions of several forms of a still-life in flux—a molded piece of clay, which slowly proves to be a boisterous revamping of rendering, revealing slight and shifting discoveries in every new composition. In a third body of work, she accumulates quick strokes of Prussian Blue oil paint to make pared down, monochromatic, illustrative pictures of wine glasses—banal portraits of a simple vessel for the most cheerful or somber of times, a symbolic duality gleaned from an unexpected icon.

Dualities are integral to the overarching scope of Miwa’s practice. She is both faithful to and skeptical of the medium of painting, yet her paintings evidence her giving in to the medium time and time again. Despite her initial plans for each body of work, she allows the paintings to speak for themselves, claiming to refute a specific “style,” much in the tradition of Kippenberger, Polke, Richter, etc. Similar to her refusal of any sort of subscription to style, she also refuses to be didactic; instead, she uses the diversity of depictions and endless referents to humbly hand her paintings over to the viewer to piece together.

Installation shot: Fountain, Turban Shell

Turban Shell; Fountain, 2012

Oil on canvas
89 ½ x 63 ¾ in / 227.3 x 162 cm
EACH

Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation shot: Statue No. 6, Column No. 3, Column No. 2

Statue No. 6; Column No. 3, Column No. 2, 2010

Installation view
Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition
Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation shot: Statue No. 4, Statue No. 9

Statue No. 4, Statue No. 9

Installation view
Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition
Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation shot: Statue No. 9, Turban Shell, Bugaboo

Statue No. 9; Turban Shell; Bugaboo #5

Installation view
Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition
Longhouse Projects, New York

Installation shot: Bugaboo, At the Top of the Mountain, Gravity

Bugaboo #5, #3, #6, #8, #2, #1, #7, #4; At the Top of the Mountain and Gravity

Installation view
Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition
Longhouse Projects, New York

Bugaboo

Bugaboo #5, #3, #6, #8, #2, #1, #7, #4, 2012

Print on paper with wood and acrylic frame
41 ¼ x 31 ½ in / 104 x 80 cm
Edition 1 of 5
EACH

Installation shot:

Statue No. 6; Column No. 3, Column No. 2, King of Mouse #3, #4, #1; Column No. 1

Installation view
Mitsuko Miwa: Rendition
Longhouse Projects, New York

King of Mouse

King of Mouse #2, #3, #4, #1, #5, #6, #7, 1988

Oil on canvas
51 ¾ x 38 ¼ in/ 130.5 x 80.5 cm
EACH

King of Mouse #1
Oil on canvas
89 ½ x 57 ¼ in/ 226 x 147 cm

Installation shot: Build No. 6, Build No. 8, Build No. 9, Build No. 4, Build No. 10

Build No. 6, Build No. 8, Build No. 9, Build No. 4, Build No. 10, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in/ 130.5 x 80.3 cm
EACH

Statue No. 6

Statue No. 6, 2010

Oil on canvas
57 ¼ x 44 in / 145.5 x 112 cm

Column No. 2

Column No. 2, 2010

Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in, 61 x 45.5 cm

Statue No. 9

Statue No. 9, 2010

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 38 ¼ in / 130.3 x 97 cm

Build No. 6

Build No. 6, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 8

Build No. 8, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 9

Build No. 9, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 4

Build No. 4, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 10

Build No. 10, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 10

Build No. 1, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm

Build No. 2

Build No. 2, 2012

Oil on canvas
51 ⅜ x 32 ⅛ in / 130.5 x 80.3 cm