Makiko Kudo Exhibition
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Makiko Kudo's works feature familiar objects in imaginary scenes. Girls, trees, grass, flowers, and small animals are some of the motifs that populate her canvases; each is depicted in a delicate and intimate manner.
At the same time, her dynamic strokes portray the force of her brush. After multiple passes, the flat surface becomes a brilliant and chaotic surface that provides a sense of depth. Through the bold composition and balance of colors, Kudo releases snippets of her memory onto canvas so viewers can ride and appreciate the waves of emotion.
Kudo's ideas for new pieces were hatched when a friend traveled to the Himalayas. The idea of far away places developed scenes in her paintings where familiar objects were encountered unexpectedly, including ones that had never been seen before, so that the scenes resembled dreams. The work “I Wanna Ask You” features two girls laying on a grassy hill with a background of blue sky and an expanding jet-black mound. The work “Made of Animal Bones” features purple fog and a girl in a chair. The idea for the chair sprang from a memory of a similar one she saw in a museum; her works represent the merger of imaginary worlds combined with fragments of memory. This exhibition includes ten new works, including large paintings over three meters.
Opening Reception: September 1st (Sat), 18:00-20:00
"Sorry, Stump" oil on canvas 194.0x259.0cm
© Makiko Kudo, 2007
From 2007-09-01 To 2007-09-22
Japan Times Art Brief
By Donald Eubank
Twenty years from now, when we can look back on the trend toward the immature in Japanese art, we'll finally be able to shake out the worthy from the wearying. Ten or 20 canvases will stand the test of time, while the rest can be forgotten ...