The World of Natsuko Sakamoto


poster for The World of Natsuko Sakamoto
[Image: "Summer (Dogs and a Slope)" (2014) oil on canvas 194x162 cm]

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Using unique colors that solidify a perspective derived from a distorted sense of space, Natsuko Sakamoto has painted women who appear to live within strange, endless dramas. Born in Kumamoto Prefecture in 1983, Sakamoto has been showing a transformation in her work since 2012, shifting away from narrative elements and bringing the act of painting to the forefront. She is ever cognizant of issues of composition that can only be expressed in painting. For instance, in “Summer (Dogs and a Slope)” displayed at this exhibition, fierce sunlight and the scorched ground grab the viewer’s eye. Sakamoto is conducting an experiment in painting a slope from a straight-on perspective on the vertical surface of the canvas. She also captures the strange perspective created by depicting the dogs climbing this slope as they occupy it.

The gallery’s walls envelope the visitor in works depicting the four seasons— a subject both universal and especially familiar to the Japanese. Venturing into new territory, Sakamoto seeks to create works as a Japanese artist without fixating on the mystique of the oriental symbols of Japan and larger Asia. In addition to this series, around eight new paintings also are on display.



from October 04, 2014 to November 01, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-10-04



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