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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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  • Firoz Mahmudleft side is white, right side is colored: not very strong red. mild or very deep red

  • URGENCY OF PROXIMATE DRAWING!"!#"$%&'()%

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  • EDITOR

    Francesca Fanelli, James Jack, Aryan Snowball

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    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

    CONTRIBUTIONS

    Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Asbestos Art Space

    TRANSLATION

    Miho Murashima

    COVER IMAGE Asashoryu007 Urgency of Proximate Drawing

    ISBN -----------------------

    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.

    www.firozmahmud.com

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  • 10

    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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    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

    TSUKAIBOU

    OR SALVAGER

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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).

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    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,