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ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present a three-person exhibition\, "Weird World" featuring Toru Ishii\, Don Porcella and Tom San ford.

Mass consumer society manipulated by global economic str ategy of the corporation\, quick access to news and celebrity's scandals by social media\, the world we are living in is speedy\, irrational\, highly provocative and weird. In this exhibition\, we invite three artists who cut through the wonder of contemporary society keenly with their art\, and exp ress discernment calmly or sometimes comically.

Using the cent ury old Japanese traditional craft technique of Yuzen Dyeing\, Tokyo based artist\, Toru Ishii expresses highly competitive\, materialistic and stress ful capitalist society of today with keen sense of humor. Influenced by Jap anese masters such as Hokusai and Kuniyoshi\, Ishii's work has dynamic comp osition and stylized elegance\, at the same time\, it captures people who a re unconsciously restrained as a group and controlled by the busy corporate world.

Don Porcella states\; "I am constantly engaged in cre ating a weird world. " By producing his charmingly colorful hand-made works from materials such as woven pipe cleaners\, Porcella seeks to transform t hese lowbrow craft supplies into a high art context\, while laughing at the human condition and presenting a unique world that is shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical. At this exhibition Porcella emphasizes his vision of celebrating nature and human absurdity.

New York based art ist\, Tom Sanford has been working on "History" paintings\, which describe the very moment of our time. Inspired by wide range of today's news\, from Tea Party Rally to Celebrity's gossip\, Sanford edits the sources freely an d creates hilarious epics in monumental scale. With his rich knowledge of a rt history of history paintings\, Sanford refers both Italian Renaissance m asters and contemporary street art in order to produce strong pictorial ima ges that we all could recognize easily.

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