C2s make Docklands social protest Between the soul and the spirit

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Eight young Japanese artists have taken over gallery space in London's Docklands to demonstrate the alienation between contemporary artists and society. The virtually unknown artists call themselves "C2" or "Communication Of Young Contemporary Artists". They have a wide variety of styles, but are united by a devotion to metaphor as a means of exploring reality.

Ayuma Kondoh, who is showing fibre-glass humans (with horns) that light up from inside, explained. "I like to think that a work is like a vessel, the mind is like water, and that art is like flowers. And then I wish these will compose the united whole." His life-size figures, stretched face down on the floor wearing only cotton shorts, cost £2,500.

Chikako Mori is obsessed by the colour red which she veils, exposes and brushes round square panels. "What I wanted to express through this colour," she said, was that "unknowingly, we are enveloped by an invisible uneasiness that can eat away at our inner selves." She has applied squares of hand- made red and white paper to panel and painted over them in sweeping curves. She calls the work "Kind Of Red". It costs £4,000.

Other notable exhibits include Naomi Seki's tilted wooden frames with suspended metal weights in them, "Drawing Out" at £7,000; the point is an image that appears precarious but is solidly anchored by gravity.

Etsuko Sawada has filled a wall with framed black and white pictures of varying size - the head of a woman with staring eyes, the head and shoulders of a figure looking out of a window, large rectangles of cloudy sky. She calls it "Between The Soul And The Spirit" (cost £9,000).

Eight Japanese Artists, Clove 1 Gallery, 4 Maguire Street, SE1, until 25 February,Tues-Sun, 11-6.

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