Exhibition Opening: Friday, January 17, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.
Runs Through: Feb. 23, 2014

Chiho Aoshima

City Glow

Four solo exhibitions reinvent the tradition


This five-channel video installation by Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima traces the cycles of nature in a surreal, vibrantly colored landscape full of fantasy and wonder. Influenced by Japanese manga, anime, and woodblock prints, Aoshima depicts a hybrid world in which the past and future and the organic and inorganic have merged. Beginning with a garden paradise, Aoshima’s scenes morph into cityscapes where living skyscrapers sprout during the day, only to be overgrown at night by a landscape filled with ghosts and fairies. Cycling from day to night and from rural to urban, this mesmerizing work presents both an apocalyptic and utopian vision that nonetheless offers a promise of hope and regeneration.

The exhibition will be open during regular gallery hours until February 9; after February 9, the exhibition will be open Friday-Sunday until the exhibition ends Feb. 23.

My Take Talks

February 8, 2014, 7:20 p.m.
Chiaki Konishi
Visiting research scholar in the School of Education at Virginia Tech

February 22, 2014, 7:20 p.m.
Bruce Hull
Senior fellow in the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

Chiho Aoshima
City Glow, 2005
Five-channel video installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles
© 2005 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki, Ltd.
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