Tokyo Diptych Spring 2019





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Artist in Residence at 3331 Arts Chiyoda Tokyo


April-May 2019


“I lived in Tokyo for a period of fifteen months ending the summer of 2018. I painted outdoors and contemplated the city and it had a great impact on my painting. For this residence I will look to readdress the work I made during that time, now about one year ago, by making a single imposing painting. Using this framework of revisiting I hope to better understand the responses I have to Tokyo and why they may be useful for my painting.” (edit from proposal) 


see Tokyo Seoul Pleinair and Nakameguro to view projects refered to in the above statement from my previous stay in Japan  



The current title is a quote:

“…self-reorganizing ‘Aliveness’”
“…without any of those models and images (which never work anyway) of the world as it is or should be.”



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The relationship between the painting and the city was briefly explored via photography. Initially it was needed to allow for sufficient light when documenting the work, but now I am gradually building a project to photograph recent works in urban settings too. 




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(1) “...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … without any of those models and images (which never work anyway) of the world as it is or should be.”    oil on canvas    ( 84 x 54 x 1.5 ) x 2    2019

(2-3) [street view 1, 2]  perpendicular to the Kanda river    “...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … “    2019

(4) [detail 1, 2]   “...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … “    oil on canvas     84 x 54 x 1.5     2019   



exhibtions : tbd

David Tompkins is an artist based in New York City working with architectural space and observation (b. 1992 Durham NC, RISD ‘14)
 



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