Ai Yamaguchi “ima to koko ni”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

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[Image: Ai Yamaguchi "anata no uta" (2018) acrylic on wood (bubinga) 50x32x2.2 cm, Photography by Kei Miyajima, ai yamaguchi・ninyu works]

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Ai Yamaguchi’s work to date has taken as its expressive vantage point the form of the lives of young women who exist as ladies of the night, in a teahouse supposedly known as touge no ochaya. However, they are also always formulated from Yamaguchi’s earnest, unwavering desire to create something that is felt to be beautiful. In concert with her distinctive “futon canvas” works, she has created pieces exploring various other material possibilities: this varied backdrop to her practice includes washi (handmade paper), wooden panel, shell and porcelain, amongst others.

Yamaguchi’s depictive techniques are informed by her unique assimilations of aspects of Japanese culture and customs, including calligraphy, waka poetry and traditional kimono patterns. In her works’ supple linear qualities and reiterative patterns, accumulated flows of time seem to coexist with the beauty of a single moment in the seasons’ endless vicissitudes.

In “ima to koko ni” the entire exhibition appears as a unified landscape. Intricate works centring on washi and wood are positioned so as to form visual connections between the wall surfaces and the exhibition space, and the delicate paper boat placed at its centre, around which they revolve.

Thought and movement seem perfectly aligned, as though they had smoothly mounted onto waves and begun rowing the boat; and as though these paintings, depicted with a truthfulness of feeling, wished to exist in the same way as the beautiful landscapes that pass before our eyes. Such thoughts form part of the reason for the exhibition’s choice of title, “ima to koko ni” (which may be loosely translated as “here and now”).

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from May 09, 2018 to June 09, 2018

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Ai Yamaguchi

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