February 3, Sunday – March 3, Sunday, 2019

Opening reception: February 3, 2019 14:00–17:00

Fig. is pleased to present The Museum, a solo exhibition by Tokyo-based artist COBRA, from February

3 to March 3, 2019. The exhibition will be comprised of a sound installation, video, and sculptural

works that entail paintings.

Working in a variety of mediums from video, photography, sound to painting and sculpture, COBRA

incorporates his performative gestures executed with own body to investigate means of'imitating' or

'behaving' in histories of art and contemporary cultures. For this exhibition, COBRA continues to

apply his unique sense of humor to construct multiple 'exhibitions' by sculptural works entitled

Rat Museum for Rat, of which are made with readymade mousetraps and acrylic-on-canvas

paintings that the artist painted. As they are inviting potential audiences, the entrance door to

these 'traps' are left open, and each mousetrap holds paintings of various subjects that are yellow,

from cheese and rat to those referenced masterpieces in the art history. These works demonstrate

COBRA’s perspective not just as an observer but more as a bystander that gazes phenomena and

historical constructs surrounding the spectatorship in the histories of art and so-called ‘art-world.’

COBRA lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include Freeze NY, Brennan and Griffin,

New York (2017) and Domestic Fantasy, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo (2016). He has also participated

in the group exhibitions and screenings including Nature's Way, Cooper Cole, Tronto, Canada (2018);

The Saturday Object Theatre, Raster, Warsaw, Poland ( (2017); Summer Doors, Shane Campbell Gallery,

Chicago (2017); Sayonara Jupiter, 356 Mission, Los Angels (2017); and Watching Things Burn, Springsteen,

Baltimore (2015). COBRA is a founding member and a director of XYZ collective, artist-run-space in Tokyo,

where he regularly organizes exhibitions in Tokyo since 2011


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