The Rite of Spring
[Image: Tomomi Nitta, Soma, 2019]
This event has ended.
Yuka Tsuruno Gallery is pleased to present “The Rite of Spring,” a group exhibition featuring Akiko Ueda, Tomona Matsukawa, Maiko Kasai, and Tomomi Nitta, from January 25th to February 22nd 2020. The fetal movement of the world that propels polyphonic life as it appears in Stravinsky’s ballet ‒ the fantastic and creative spirit of spring that is born from a dialogue interwoven through the works of the four painters marks the rising of the curtain for this new year. The touch of spring is an inspiration that becomes transformed into the energy of life. Such energy emerges not in a given world but one that numerous events function for it to be continually reborn as a whole.
Akiko Ueda, whose interest lies in the fluidity of events that shift at every moment, has embedded this fascination into an increasingly abstract pictorial space through her current studies in Belgium. Similar to the process of creating a microcosm by repeatedly repairing, rearranging, and introducing new components to a stage set, Ueda’s paintings give birth to an abundance of narratives from sceneries in which variant space-time and reciprocal attributes blend into each other. Layering a variety of voices from conversations with her subjects, Tomona Matsukawa’s realistic paintings depict the fragments of inner lives that are visible in the residual signs of daily life, such as tokens, gestures, or habits. Moreover, a relationship emerges within the metaphorical plants and the spectral colors that embody a new entity ‒children‒ in which manifests a world that ties not only past and present but also future.
In Maiko Kasai’s paintings, the characters are portrayed to seem as if they are sinking into their surrounding plants. The state of differential ambiguity between people, things, and the world around them expresses the process of creating a world from personally weaving with one’s hands. This illuminates the role of the artist herself, in the act of painting and the events that emerge to shape that microcosm from this act, while also looking onto this world as creator.
Tomomi Nitta explores the ontological pursuits of human beings and the awareness for an infinitely expanding universe through bodily expressions. By focusing on natural motifs in recent years she further contemplates the state of life and the world as the boundaries between herself and others, including non-humans, are obscured. In particular, the ancient Greek term “psyche,” meaning “breath,” is superimposed onto the core that stimulates life; she paints its derived meanings of “soul/spirit” and “life” through familiar plant life.