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1Ninki is a Japanese word which means Popular.
The Ninki Art Project of drawings and drawings on photographs consists of numerous
archetypal images of popular celebrities in vague appearances. Their activities and
characters are anarchistic and individualized. The popular celebrities such as Michael
Jackson, Mike Tyson, Zinedine Zidan, Diego Maradona, Shoib Akhter (the Worlds
Fastest Cricket Bowler), Asashoryu (25-time Top Division Sumo Champion in Japan)
have all been popular icons during the span of their careers, but all have been blemished
by controversy for one reason or another.
I focus on celebrities in excited, playful, sporty and happy moments. I draw remarkable
lines where they are about to fall or in moments where they demonstrate hard gestures
in the photographs. Their idolized appearances are highlighted by protective line drawings
that display an awareness of the performative ethos of iconic expression. The lines
underneath the falling position imply the stardoms cant fall down from the gestures and
positions that they are held in.
U R G E N C Y O FP R O X I M A T E
M A H M U D
D R A W I N G
F I R O Z
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URGENCY OF PROXIMATE DRAWING!"!#"$%&'()%
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Francesca Fanelli, James Jack, Aryan Snowball
Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art / Juri Yamashita, Sharjah Art Foundation / Alfredo Dancel Rubio, The Kunsthaus Tacheles, Mimi Fadmi / Asbestos Art space,
DESIGN AND CONCEPT Cindy Rodriguez
Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Asbestos Art Space
COVER IMAGE Asashoryu007 Urgency of Proximate Drawing
2011 FCT Publishing and Firoz Mahmud
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission from the artist and publisher.
Publishing this book was made possible with generous support of Asian Cultural Council (ACC) New York, Ota Fine Arts Tokyo and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Firoz MahmudLeft: Credit page : only at left side and very small font.Right side: Urgency of Proximate Drawing [Ninki:UoPD] Firoz Mahmud
FIROZ MAHMUD IS A BANGLADESHI ARTIST, WHO WAS BORN AND
raised in Khulna and Dhaka. After his graduation from Dhaka
University, he moved to Amsterdam for an artist-in-residence and
research program at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten.
He has travelled, lived and worked in many countries in Europe,
Asia and the United States of America for the last decade. He
was adopted in many traditional cultures and life during his time
abroad, and also was very much impressed by popular culture
and various kinds of entertaining fields and media, which were
greatly expressed through mediums such as music, sports, politics,
animation, cartoon and film.
Besides his major art projects and painting, he makes drawings
with fun on celebrity images. He has been drawing for the
last few years on popular celebrities such as singers, sportsmen,
actors or actresses who have huge popularity, but all have
controversy in media and among the public.
During his life and career in Japan, he experienced a lot of
humorous and different feelings from Japanese manga,
animation, life, society and culture. Japanese Manga is a genre
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R E S C U E T H E
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of cartoons, comic books, and animated films in Japanese society.
Firoz was inspired to make the Urgency of Proximate Drawing for
the famous celebrities. That is why the title of his drawing project
was named NinKi:UoPD.
Ninki is a Japanese word which means popular. The Ninki Art
Project of drawings and drawings on photographs consists of
numerous archetypal images of popular celebrities in vague
appearances. Their activities and character are anarchistic
and individualized. They are popular celebrities of different
fields of entertainment and culture Michael Jackson,
Mike Tyson, Zinedine Zidan, Diego Maradona, cricketer
Shoib Akhter (worlds fastest cricket bowler), Sumo wrestler
Asashoryu Akinori (25 times top division Sumo champion in
Japan) among other are the main character of his drawings.
They are all popular icons during their span of career, but all
have been blemished by controversy for one reason or another.
NinKi Urgency of Proximate Drawings are mostly on Sumo wrestler
Asashoryo Akinori.1 Firoz was living in Japan for some time
and became interested in making the drawings on a sumo
wrestler who is both admired for his success in sumo wrestling
and controversial during his career. The other celebrities have
similar reasons for popularity and controversy.
Firoz focuses on celebrities in excited, playful, sporty and happy
moments in images. He draws remarkable lines where they are
about to fall or feel hard to gesture in the photographs. Their
idolized appearances are highlighted by protective line drawings
that display an awareness of the performative ethos of iconic
expression. The lines underneath the falling position imply
the stardoms cant fall down from the gestures and positions that
they are held in. Most of the drawing structure he has named
Tsukaibou or Salvager. The Tsukaibou is a Japanese word
meaning support or a kind of salvager. The structure often
looks like a diamond or an octagon or a magicians wand.2
Firoz is a magician to save the celebrities! He implies different
valuable reasons for most of the drawing structures. He uses his
own created structure of drawing on the image where needed.
Attesting to Sympathy for the Champions, Politic Strategy to Rescue
Superstar implies that he declares that the motion of the popular
icons need support while they are in danger of their falling
positions in the images. In the images, sometimes, they shout
opening their mouths and the Tsukaibou or Salvager is in
the mouth. The drawing structures allow the celebrities to
shout longer, in a relaxed mode shouting against the media
that criticizes them.
3D STRUCTURE OF
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After doing several projects with the drawings, Firoz does not
exhibit the Urgency of Proximate Drawings in commercial galleries
or museums in a formalized way. Instead, he prefers to exhibit
in public spaces 3, buildings, trains, buses, monuments related
to the celebrities own arenas, such as stadiums, concert halls, and
sumo dome. The images prefer to appear in music magazines,
cricket, football, boxing or wrestling magazines, and Japanese
gay magazines, like Budi. Some people told him that drawings
on sumo look naked and sexual, wouldnt gay people love these!
The NinKi:UoPD (Urgency of Proximate Drawings) exhibited
and appeared in both places.
The Urgency of Proximate Drawings was initiated as fun while he
was drinking coffee or green tea. Gradually, friends, curators,
and artists were interested in seeing Firoz exhibit the drawings
as his artwork. He decided to express the drawings as his
series of art projects.
Several volumes of the NinKi:UoPD drawings were made and
exhibited in the last few years and held in different venues
in different countries. The project in New York will likely be
the last session for this project.
2008 2011NinKI : UoPD (Urgency of Proximate Drawing)
Tokyo, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, Anole (A.), 2008.
UAE, Sharjah. SHARJAH BIENNALE 2009, RRR (Rally Round Rajah) at Halcyon Tarp Project. 2009.
Nigata, ECHIGO-TSUMATI ART TRIENNALE (Dynamo Art Project) Japan, Anole & Sentient Homology. 2009.
Hiroshima, HIROSHIMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Rescued Stardom. 2009.Bandung, Indonesia,
ASBESTOS ART SPACE & CITY, Whatever They are Scolded Your Star is Safe. 2010.Tokyo, UNDERGROUNDS, Loss of the Toss is Blessing of Their Disguise. 2010.
Tokyo, B.A.D. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART YUGA GALLERY, Tokyo University of the Arts, Yatta ! Anzen !
New York, UNDERGROUND AND PUBLIC SPACES, I buy, you frame 10% tax and 100% discount. Firoz Mahmuds NinKI: UoPD , Urgency of Proximate Drawing is on SALE. 2011 (Up-coming).
Sculpture to correspond with the drawing image.
Wood, acrylic paint, bondSize of the object Tsukaibou 60 x 60 x 40 cm
SALVAGER / TSUKAIBOU2009
The objects of Salvager, or Tsukaibou,