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Legal Parking


Gallery GEN & Street parking (ギャラリー現 & 路上パーキング), Tokyo, Japan, January 2000


Before Legal Parking, Masuyama enjoyed installing his work in a public place as a guerrilla-stlyle tactic. Masuyama was interested in the reaction of random strangers to his work. For a long time, Masuyama had no interest in showing work in galleries. He thought that it meant nothing if the works in a gallery drew a response from gallery goers as this was a predictable outcome of the institutional situation. He thought that it would be meaningful to involve people outside of the art world and one tactic was to have an exhibition that used both the outside and the inside of the gallery. Masuyama is compelled by public spaces, it was natural for him to have the inspiration to use parking lots on the street for his projects. He asked the police if he could place his work there. Their response was that nothing should be placed on the street other than a car. Then, Masuyama got an idea to put his works on a truck and show them in a parking space.  In order to park the truck legally in the street, he had to keep moving the car every single hour, these limitations urged Masuyama to create "legal parking" a performance of moving a vehicle every hour creating a connection between the parking and the gallery.  Masuyama conjured a scenario in the gallery where a fictional task force stood by.  The task force has a mission to rescue good citizens from the police's enforcement against illegal parking. One of the purpose of this performance was to give the police the slip in order to achieve the legal occupation of the street under the name of an art exhibition.



Photo 1,2,3 : Masaya Yoshimura / Photo 4 : Toshimitsu Kikuchi

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