Erina Matsui "Wabi Sabi Utopia"
Erina Matsui consistently favors her own face as a central motif in her paintings, and has been exploring and expanding the category of self-portrait. Her face is often comically distorted, and stretched to merge into the ocean, the forest or the sky in the background as if the artist attempts to capture the world surrounding herself in the portrayal of her extended self-portrait. Little toys and cute characters sprinkled all over the canvas instantly catch our attention, and we soon realize ourselves drawn into the spectacles of her unique vision. These elements are the tricks that Matsui has carefully incorporated in the painting to approach the audience. According to the artist, her works are the means of communication made possible by sharing a certain experience with the viewer.
At the beginning of this year, her solo exhibition "Sunrise Erina" was held at Ohara Museum of Art in her native Okayama prefecture. The artist was highly devoted in this exhibition, making a large scale painting with accompanying papier-mache frame made in reference to the painter Torajiro Kojima, who made significant contribution in building the extensive Ohara collection and would make papier-mache frames for his own works. Matsui also challenged El Greco’s "Annunciation" by confronting her own self-portrait in front of the masterpiece across the exhibition hall. This exhibition ended in success and much attention for her enthusiastic engagement for her first major show in her hometown.
This coming exhibition "Wabi Sabi Utopia" will consist of selected works from the Ohara Museum show to be exhibited for the first time in Tokyo, and several new pieces including a large self-portrait with her face on an octopus and several ceramic works, in her signature mixed media installation.
From 2012-08-25 To 2012-09-21
Opening Reception on 2012-08-25 from 18:00 to 20:00
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