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Teiji Hayama: Heroes

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Post date:2024-01-16



Teiji Hayama: Heroes
Event Time
Tue.-Sun. 10:00 – 18:30
Event Location
1F, No. 128, Lequn 3rd Rd.,, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Asia Art Center is pleased to present Teiji Hayama’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan, titled Heroes, featuring 24 exciting new paintings. Delving into diverse cultural contexts, Hayama portrays iconic historical figures and Hollywood stars in vibrant or grayscale tone, capturing their exhaustion with expressions ranging from boredom to exaggeration. He sees these figures as recognizable “vintage influencers,” and by distorting their portraits, Hayama aims to express the incessant bombardment of social media in the digital age. As individuals strive to maintain their idealized digital identities, a self-consuming fatigue emerges, reflecting the psychological burden of the current generation.

As a devoted fan of David Bowie (1947-2016), Hayama named this exhibition after Bowie’s iconic song Heroes. The lyrics depict a transient heroism through the portrayal of love, emphasizing a moment that feels eternal, aligning seamlessly with Hayama’s artistic expression. The protagonists in his paintings aspire to present flawless images, echoing the sentiment of “We can be heroes,” at least in the unreal digital realm where they pretend to be heroes. Despite the seemingly positive lyrics, the unspoken bitterness lies beneath, mirroring the dual nature of Hayama’s artworks—captivating yet unsettling, compelling the viewer’s attention.

Hayama employs painting techniques to portray visuals resembling digital post-production. His artworks carry strong elements of Pop Art, featuring a classic symbol—the “downturned lips”— alluding to people’s obsession with social media. For some individuals, this obsession has become a driving force in their lives, leading them to pursue online popularity and financial gain at any cost. The layered, transparent images in the artwork create an optical illusion, resembling a kaleidoscopic portrait, akin to the repetitive exposure in photography. This effect captures the essence of fleeting fame, like the momentary flash of a camera shutter. On another note, the proliferation of countless images on social media inundates people’s lives, causing them to gradually forget their own and others’ appearances. This phenomenon underscores society’s fascination with two-dimensional images, surpassing the significance of three-dimensional reality.

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