Tokuro Sakamoto “Empty Vessel”

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[image: Tokuro Sakamoto, "Breathing" (2016) acrylic, mineral, pigments on kochi hemp paper 595×840mm]

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Sakamoto paints urban and rural landscapes, or rather, parts of them. He shows forms like layered trees, or clumps of bushes, with the beauty of their motions as they sway in the wind. Beach and waves sparkle with reflections of light fallen from above. Tiled walls of a building. Elegant repetitions of power cables dividing the sky. The pity of a flower growing up through a crack in concrete. Sakamoto focuses on all things evenly, framing them. His viewpoint is deliberately negligent, and the details of his pictures enter our sight so clearly that we lose our sense of spatial relationships. His work is vivid enough to appear as if made in digital high-vision. His drawn landscapes are not categorised only in terms of orderly time and space, but are a temporal space for the depicted objects to secretly breathe alone. We do not so much look at these works, as find ourselves, quite naturally, coming to ‘breathe inside the landscape’. That is what Sakamoto’s paintings make us feel.

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from May 27, 2016 to June 19, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-05-27 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Tokuro Sakamoto

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