Gallery SHUKADO, Tokyo
For this show we decided to pick up the artists who deliver powerful messages about our indigenous world peculiar in Japan and review them in the context of modern world art.
So to say, art is always under the necessity of renewing of its concept and rethinking about its “raison d’être”, or changing relationship between matière and art. What’s Asiatic or what’s Japanese or Chinese art with respective cultural background in contrast with the world art? Especially how Japanese culture means in the midst of the world art? We are to present Japanese and Chinese artists who shed lights on this matter.
Works of Di Qing drawn with black ink and Asian pigments on silk screen commingle classical style with modernism, historical phantasmagoric images with mundane still life paintings of strawberries or fish, that is to say, mixture of reality and phantasy.
Then, the world of Kitagawa Maiko’s works is represented by the beast-like men or man-like beasts squirming in the light and darkness in black and white using Dermatograph.
Hattori Shihori is specialized in traditional Japanese stone painting. Her traits are vibrant lines produced by her commanding brushes which are nowadays lost before we knew. Her elegant hand depicts deftly the motion of monsters, waves and winds vividly.
In case of Ikenaga Yasunari, he is an epoch-making artist reviving the genre of “beauty painting” which had once been obsolete in the middle of 20th century, regenerating old Japanese tradition in modernized manner and flourished it all of a sudden in present day art scene. Achromatic and intentional rough skin of the beauty symbolizes the fleeting encounter of enchanting woman once for all. It is a metaphor of fugitive passion of evaporating away with the passage of time.
Finally, works of Kamine Takuma are his experiments of moulding of modern Japan as a metaphor based on the old and new Japanese culture. For example the visage represented by real animal bones is a testimony of his pursuit on what is Japanese.