Naoto Kawahara "Ouroboros"

Taka Ishii Gallery

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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth solo exhibition "Ouroboros" with Naoto Kawahara. On view are around five new paintings.

In 2005, Taka Ishii Gallery hosted Kawahara's "NU" exhibition. Kawahara then participated in the group exhibition "Attention to Detail" (The FLAG Art Foundation, New York) curated by Chuck Close in 2008. Kawahara will also participate in the group exhibition "Diana und Aktaion: Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit" (Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf) this October. He has been active internationally and his works have attracted increasing attention in recent years.
In this solo show entitled "Ouroboros" (referring to a serpent that formed a circle by swallowing its own tail, and a symbol of Ancient Greece), Kawahara quotes the works of Munch, an artist whom he feels "positively expresses life through themes like sexuality and puberty by the paradoxical use of the images of death." In this exhibition, Kawahara reexamines these paintings infused with both energy and despair.

Kawahara has produced distinctive realist paintings that precisely reproduce photographs of people and landscapes drawn from his surroundings or scenes from films. In recent years, he has been creating paintings that reinterpret images extracted from classic masterpieces by artists such as Dürer, Balthus and Rembrandt. Through such "re-envisioned paintings", Kawahara pursues the theme of "creating a sense of déjà vu through the repetitive use of old masters' themes, while reflecting on archetypes of images that are still valid today".

Opening Reception: August 2nd (Sat) 18:00-20:00

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From 2008-08-02 To 2008-08-30

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Naoto Kawahara

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