Kodai Kita “White Maps, Black Peaks”

Clear Gallery Tokyo

poster for Kodai Kita “White Maps, Black Peaks”
[Image: Kodai Kita “Mt.Tsurugi-dake#1” (2019) /145.5×145.5cm chalk, conté, blackboard paint on canvas]

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Kodai Kita’s fieldwork-centric practice has brought him to various locations including Fukushima, Kyoto, Akita, Chiba, and Mexico, where he has exhibited paintings and installations using chalk as his media of choice. His exhibition at Clear Gallery Tokyo will feature a new series of works based on his time climbing Mt. Tsurugi (Tsurugi-Dake). As part of the Tateyama mountain range of Japan’s “Northern Alps,” Tsurugi-Dake had long been avoided as too unsafe to hike. In 1904, as part of a nationwide effort to create a complete map of Japan, land surveyors successfully made the difficult climb with the aid of local guides. In this exhibition, Kodai’s paintings and drawings layer personal memories and lived experiences with historical narratives to explore the relationships between landscapes and the modern map in an effort to understand how humans relate to the spaces around them. White maps with overlapping lines and images; dark mountaintops peeking through rock walls, pine trees, and slopes coated in residual snow — where the processes of mapping meet the landscape in a time of change, what emerges for us to see?



from October 11, 2019 to November 09, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-10-11 from 18:30 to 21:00


Kodai Kita



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