Tomona Matsukawa “Blind”

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

poster for Tomona Matsukawa “Blind”
[Image: Tomona Matsukawa "For me, it’s what I could be proud of" (2017) 130.3 x 194 cm, oil on panel]

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Tomona Matsukawa will exhibit a new group of paintings based on her interviews with women, as well as a new installation piece using mirrors. Matsukawa is interested in human nature and the inner life of people visible in residual signs of everyday life, such as damaged high heels, clothes that have been thrown off, or scars on the body. Matsukawa has been attempting to convert the scar-like marks that are commonly considered to be disreputable into a different set of values by reconfiguring them on her flat and beautiful painterly surfaces. In recent years, she has conducted multiple interviews with women of her own generation, using memorable phrases from these conversations as the subjects and titles of her works, which include not only paintings but also new methods of expression such as an installation with mirrors.

The works presented in this exhibition are based on interviews with women living in big cities, following works of the same theme that were exhibited at Roppongi Crossing (Mori Art Museum) in 2016. As symbolized in traces such as underwear marks, spoiled makeup and coffee stains, these women tend to be regarded at first glance as living a lonely and disappointing life. However, Matsukawa felt during her interviews that each woman living a life such as this continued to explore the meaning of her life and remained hopeful while facing her lot. As indicated in the exhibition title “Blind,” the works presented represent the big gulf between the “interior” of these women and the “exterior” of the outside world’s gaze, and how they are mutually blind to each other.
Moreover, there are “internal” and “external” views of every individual. Much like her paintings that strive to capture not the outward appearance but the internal life of the depicted persons, Matsukawa’s new series of mirror installations throws the viewer, reflected in the mirrors, into the space where these views coincide with one another. Matsukawa explores the boarder between “inside” and “outside,” shifts between them, and aims to produce an encounter that may reverse these two states, while accepting their mutual blindness.

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from 5月 20, 2017 to 6月 17, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-05-20 from 18:00 to 20:00

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