Hiroe Saeki Exhibition
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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition with Kyoto based artist Saeki Hiroe. Saeki, born in Osaka in 1978, creates drawings with mechanical pencils and sharpened pencils on Kent paper. In recent years, Saeki’s works exceed 150, and her expression has moved beyond the natural “bird and flower” motifs that were often seen in her past works. In the coming exhibition, a 3 meters drawing, which consists of 4 panels, will be exhibited along with other small and large new drawings that correspond to the gallery space.
The images in these works, reminiscent of the “bird and flower” motifs of traditional Japanese painting, are placed against large unmarked areas of white. The intricate forms, like lotus blossoms or spiders, are depicted in delicate drawings that seem to express Japanese taste. However, the rhythm of the decorous forms created with the uniform lead of a sharp pencil has a graphic presence based on the premise of planar expansion. The ambivalent fusion of Japanese taste and automatic (or self-propagating) graphic expansion seems to acquire a kind of original expression that, unexpectedly, we have never seen before. This effect is brought about through the consciousness and sensibility of Saeki as she draws curious natural objects emerging from the paper with obsessive intensity.
Text by Santo Oshima (quoted from “VOCA 2006 The Vision of Contemporary Art”2006, p.121 )
Opening Reception: December 22nd, 17:00-20:00
[Image: Untitled (2007) Pencil and ink on paper, 74.5 × 111cm]
From 2007-12-22 To 2008-01-26
Japan Times Art Brief
By Donald Eubank
In clean lines over subtle washes, her latest works contain baubles of modern and traditional Japan — hair ornaments, high-heel shoes and handbags — seemingly caught in spidery hairballs.
Her imagery looks coming from illustrations on girly culture/fashion magazines typically featured latest street mode of London, like detailed pencil drawing with a little color and a little girly objects. Sometimes I can’t recognize these girly detailed drawing artists like Fukaya Etsuko in Roppongi Crossing. http://www.art-index.net/art_news/2006/08/fukaya_etsuko_natsumegiku_yama.html
These drawings tend to have common in their grammar, but I think that Hiroe Saeki’s drawings are more interesting in her structure. Her drawings have large white spaces making us to see the drawings with wide view, and we see the compositions of white and black first. But when we walk close to focus on black objects, we would find the detailed drawings on the field looked pale gray and some cute objects embedded there.
She would be conscious about these devices, different from other detailed drawing artists.