LACE is pleased to announce the US premiere of WHITE DUNK, an exhibition presented in collaboration with Nike.
Challenged by Nike to reinterpret and be inspired by an all-white Nike Dunk basketball shoe, 25 Japanese artists are featured in this exhibition of innovative new sculpture, drawing, and multi-media installation. The participating artists, a diverse group of Japan’s finest animators, illustrators, toy makers, graphic designers, model creators, comic writers, figure artists, craftspersons and sculptors, were selected for sensibilities that they share with Nike: a passion for design and technology; a desire to imagine the future; and an incessant drive for the cutting edge. The unique artworks of this exhibition incorporate an iconic object from the world of sport, the Nike Dunk basketball shoe, into a DJ-like sampling of Japanese animation, youth culture, fantasy, and visionary futuristic form. The resulting exhibition provides an examination at the intersection of the increasingly fluid relationship between cultural practitioner and creative capital.
Participating artists include Kenji Ando, Yukio Fujioka, Jun Goshima, Hideaki Hirata, Atsushi Kamijyo And Masanao Amano, Masakazu Katsura, Eisaku Kito, Eiji Nakayama, Yasushi Nirasawa, Yuji Oniki, Ren Sakurai, Keiichi Sato, Naoki Sato, Hajime Sorayama, Haruo Suekichi, Yukihiro Suzuki, Takayuki Takeya, Junichi Taniguchi, Katsuya Terada, Yasuhito Udagawa, Shinichi Yamashita,Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Kow Yokoyama,Hitoshi Yoneda, and Shuji Yonezawa
WHITE DUNK was inaugurated in 2003 at the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Center, Paris, and has since also traveled to Minami Aoyama, Tokyo.