Mana Konishi "nowhere in particular"

Arataniurano

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In her paintings, Mana Konishi depicts ambiguous states between reality and dreams in which human figures face a natural landscape. She first photographs places that she finds surreal, and referring to these images, constructs her paintings. By presenting this contrast of humanity and nature, she reveals a spiritual world. The places that she photographs become "no where in particular" as she transfers them into her painting.

Konishi says, "I began painting images that remained in my memory when I happened to discover that one photograph I took was so much like a landscape that I had subconsciously imagined before." She visualizes her psychological landscapes by working with photographs. Ultimately, it is a dynamic world that belongs to neither reality nor illusion. She unravels an unworldly realm, inspiring various feelings in the viewer.

Konishi's works are also being shown at Daiichi Seimei Minami Gallery, in Hibiya, from November 2nd through the 30th.

Opening Reception: November 2nd (Fri) 17:00-19:00

[Image: "1. Jodo2" (pure land) (2007) Oil on canvas, 162 x 194cm, photographed by Keizo Kioku. Courtesy of Arataniurano]

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From 2007-10-27 To 2007-12-01

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Mana Konishi

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Lena Oishi tablog review

Paintings of "Nowhere in Particular"

Mana Konishi’s exhibition “nowhere in particular” is currently showing at Arataniurano and Dai-Ichi Life Gallery. She invited TAB to her studio to talk about her working process, and the current exhibitions.

Lena Oishi tablog review

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