Kouseki Ono Exhibition

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Koseki Ono is best known for “Hundred Layers of Colors,” a series of works created with columns of layered ink. Each piece is made by transferring hand-drawn dots to a screen on which inks are painstakingly hand-printed, one hundred times, one color at a time. The resulting field of columns is just a few millimeters high, and mysteriously changes color as observers shift viewpoint, bringing them a fascinating visual experience. The swarm of physical prongs is tactile, giving a sense of what the artist calls ‘physical restlessness,’ and the works have the eerie beauty and visual texture of moss. The series was conceived one summer night when a piece of actual moss drifted into Ono’s atelier. He wanted to express the indescribable texture and color of its minute scales by using print, the medium he was then working on. Ono harnesses the qualities of silk-screen reproduction, but takes them to the limit. As he repeats the process of printing many times, an accumulation of small differences emerges, which uniquely and paradoxically leads to one-of-a-kind objects. Ono spent a decade studying and developing this technique, but its extraordinary effect was ultimately recognized when “Hundred Layers of Colors” won a VOCA award (organized by Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo) in 2015.

This is Ono’s first large-scale solo exhibition since winning the award. The most recent works from his “Hundred Layers of Colors” series will be on display. For the exhibition the artist has created new work with a completely different impression, though he has employed the same techniques as previously. He has done this by working with more vivid colors, so that a much stronger impression of flatness is derived from the balance of his moiré-like, uneven visual effects, generated by layered printing. His inventive manipulation of the order and number of colors, and print layers, gives a coloration and vividness not seen before. This is an opportunity to see for yourself how Ono has arrived at a new horizon in his creativity.

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from January 06, 2017 to February 05, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-01-06 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Kouseki Ono

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