Asao Kodama “Plant”

ANA InterContinental Tokyo

poster for Asao Kodama “Plant”
[Image: Asao Kodama, "the light", Photo: Ken Kato]

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The title of this exhibition - “Plant” - describes not only the motifs in Asao Kodama’s paintings, but also her intention to plant and grow seeds on the canvas, imbuing life into her work. Weeds and trees, radiantly blooming flowers, and fading leaves and petals on the pavement - sensing strong vitality in each of them, Kodama says she feels deep affection for ordinary plants she encounters day to day. Her depiction of plants is vivid, emphasizing their strong presence.
In her words, they are plants that, according to Kodama, “endure the rain and the wind, showing a sense of existence even when they decay.” The forcefully and freely portrayed motifs appear to be celebrating the joy of live. Bucking the recent artistic trend in Japan that sees artists applying acrylic paint with feather light brush strokes that leave an airy touch on the canvas, Kodama remains firm in leaving thick and heavy marks using oil paints with speedy and bold brush strokes. In this way she refuses to allow her works to be categorized as traditional painting or contemporary art, or even as abstract or representational. In this exhibition, she will present her new works portraying stones and waves.



from December 06, 2017 to March 05, 2018


Asao Kodama



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