Rieko Otake “Way in, or Out”

Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Art gallery

poster for Rieko Otake “Way in, or Out”
[image: Rieko Otake "Good night" (2015) wood, h.21 xw.7.5 × d.19cm ©Rieko Otake]

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Rieko Otake’s woodcarvings embody such motifs as young girls, birds and deer, and even while her work looks at times somewhat delicate and fragile, one senses a unique strength in its universal presence replete with grace. The art critic Toshiaki Minemura has said of Otake’s work that “She seems to have dropped her anchor in the mystery of existence, the central issue of sculpture, with a precision that cannot be achieved through ordinary abstract sculpture.” Otake consistently uses the wood of camphor, cypress, and katsura trees, working within a method of adding finishing touches to a foundation of non-colored wood. Approaching closer the works, one becomes aware of an unexpected vigor to the chisel marks. She is affected by the importance of the rhythm of the repeated carving motions: a sincere process of exchange as if the tree and one’s breathing might become joined together, so that the artwork appears as story replete with lyricism. Otake remarks the following:”An artwork is a place beyond imagination, but linked to what precedes it.
It is perhaps a way in; perhaps, a way out.”
In this exhibition Otake will show approx. ten woodcarving works of varied sizes. Viewers are welcomed to enter here into a unique world, the creation of which is only possibly in Otake’s work: a world in which different domains become combined; a world of the ‘here’, or of the ‘somewhere’, or of the in-between.

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Date: Nov 25(Wed)19:00-

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from November 25, 2015 to December 14, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-11-25 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Rieko Otake

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