Art that reveals people’s inner thoughts
The works of the Spanish cartoonist and illustrator Juan Cornellà are laced with a general feeling of “impropriety.” In innocent-looking panels he depicts murder, suicide, amputation, infantilization, cannibalism, and other things that sensible adults would absolutely never consider. With his profile raised after designing the artwork for American band Wilco’s 2016 album Schmilco, an exhibition of his works will be held in Tennoz.
At first glance, many are often quick to criticize Cornellà’s imprudent drawings. But a deeper look reveals the presence of individuals who are on the receiving end of our society’s “invisible restrictions,” including drug addiction and gender issues. His drawings include warnings to anyone who would rather look away as if these problems did not exist.
“I think we all laugh at misery,” he says. “We must start from the idea that when we laugh, we laugh at someone or something. With empathy or not, there is always some degree of cruelty. In spite of that, I am aware that if one of my cartoons happened in real life I would not laugh at all”
Behind these vibrant and colorful drawings lies our true image. “This is what you are really thinking, isn’t it?” When viewers are asked such a question, all they can do is smile. Visit the exhibition and share the true feelings we can’t always say out loud.
Joan Cornellà Japan Solo Exhibition 2017
Dates: December 1 (Fri) – December 10 (Sun)
Venue: T-ART HALL Warehouse TERRADA D Entrance, 2-6-10, Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (last entry 7:30 PM )
・Advance tickets (fixed entry date): 1,000 yen (tax included)
・ANY TIME tickets (entry anytime during exhibition, limit one entry) 1,500 yen (tax included)
・Same-day tickets: 1,200 yen (tax included) (admission free for preschool-aged children)