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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming two-person exhibition when pigs fly from January 15 to Feburuary 5, 2005.

The exhibition title was derived from Sara Driver's film when pigs fly (1993), as the process of curating the exhibition was inspired by Driver's spirit and idiosyncratic way of creating experimental films in collaboration with Jim Jarmusch. The title, an American idiomatic expression "when pigs fly," is associated with nonsense, highly improbable, unexpected and ridiculous things.

Christine Rebet was born in 1971 in Lyon, France. After studying at the Art Academy in Venice (painting and scenography), she moved to Central St. Martins, London (Theatre Design) graduating in 1996. With a background in stage design and choreography, Rebet has actively collaborated professionally in both fields.

In the beautifully animated short film Soul hunter, 2003, enigmatic motifs like coffee tables and gas stations recur as a tiny goblin-man silently absorbs, engulfs, and digests all kinds of Liquids. Like the drawings, Soul hunter taps into childhood anxieties, but there's a tender humor just beneath the surface. (by Eva Scharrer, Critics' Picks, "Artforum" , January 2003)

Rebet's works are enigmatic, sometimes humorous and surrealistic. We will exhibit the short film, The Soul Hunter (2003) and unpublished original watercolor drawings. The Soul Hunter was awarded best animation jury prize at the Murat French Short Film Festival New York in 2003 and was featured in the Berlinale International Competition, Berlin in 2004. The exhibition will also include a selection of watercolors, from the artist's first publication GAME OVER (2003).

Mai Hofstad Gunnes was born in 1977 in Oslo, Norway. She studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway from 1999 to 2004. From 2003 to 2004, she participated in the research program of CCA Kitakyusyu (Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyusyu) in Japan. We will exhibit her film installation Imagining how plants grow I+II,(2002). This work consists of at two part 16mm film transferred to dvd shown as a synchronized double projection. Each film was shot from morning to afternoon (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in natural daylight, as the weather and lighting were slightly changing. The artist filmed the repeated process of drawing and erasing "how plants grow" five times on a single sheet of paper until the paper itself became torn.

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when pigs fly - Christine Rebet, Mai Hofstad Gunnes