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felipe pantone’s manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo

Felipe Pantone’s exhibition ‘MANIPULABLE’ at Gallery COMMON

From June 3 to July 17, 2022, Tokyo-based Gallery Common presents Felipe Pantone’s solo exhibition Manipulablefeaturing new kinetic works within a completely interactive installation space. Marking the Argentinian-Spanish artist’s First large-scale exhibition in Japan since 2014, the show reflects on themes of dynamism, transformation, and digital revolution. All of the artworks were created to be touched and rearranged by the viewer.

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
‘Manipulable’ features new kinetic works within a completely interactive installation space

all images courtesy of Gallery Common

interactive works respond to today’s world of self-curation

‘Manipulable’ is a word that has its roots in the Latin manus (hand) and refers to ‘something that can be moved or operated using the hands; something that can be managed, controlled, or molded’. Similarly, the exhibition features a series of interactive artworks that visitors can interact with, and modify. In his works, Pantone, who has a background as a graffiti artist and fine arts graduate, combines his experience on the street with his academic knowledge to create a vibrant, distinctive language. The works in the exhibition question the way we consume visual information, especially in our digital age.

‘Nowadays, everything is manipulable– we don’t listen to the radio, we curate our own playlists; we don’t watch TV, we choose which shows to stream. The Internet has made information itself configurable.’ the artist shares. ‘Light, motion, and color define everything I do, and adding the element of touch brings everyone closer to the work. For the first time, all of my works for an exhibition have been made to be configured by the viewer. I believe it’s very contemporary that an audience can interact with what they’re consuming, and I wanted to create artworks that can respond to today’s world of self-curation.’

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
the show reflects on themes of dynamism, transformation, and digital revolution

closing the gap between art and audiences

As our awareness of interaction has evolved over the past few years, Pantone has experimented with different methods and approaches to breaking through the barriers of communication, including touchless ways to interact with his works via VR and remote control apps. Now that there are more options for in-person exchanges, he investigates how touch and physical interaction might close the gap between artists and audiences.

In commemoration of the exhibition, Felipe Pantone has also released a limited edition print titled ‘CDM32-P. The piece uses a UV print method on an aluminum sheet to create a print with a sleek, reflective texture that changes in the light. Measuring 70.7 x 50 centimeters, the work comes in a limited edition of only 35 and will be available for purchase exclusively through the gallery until the end of the exhibition.

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
Pantone combines his experience on the street with his academic knowledge to create a vibrant, distinctive language

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
the works question the way we consume visual information, especially in our digital age

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
the show features a series of eye-catching pieces with vibrant colors and reflective textures

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
all of the artworks were created to be touched and rearranged by the viewer

felipe pantone's manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in tokyo
Pantone investigates how touch and physical interaction might close the gap between artists and audiences

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project info:

name: Manipulable
artist: Felipe Pantone
location: Gallery CommonHarajuku, Tokyo
dates: June 3 – July 17, 2022

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