Tomoo Gokita “Moo”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

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[Image: Tomoo Gokita, “Late Marriage” 2020, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 259.4 x 194 cm © Tomoo Gokita. Photo: Kenji Takahashi]

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This exhibition marks Gokita’s fifth solo presentation with Taka Ishii Gallery since his previous showing three years ago, and features, for the first time in Japan, new color paintings exclusively.

Since the 2000 publication of his first book “Lingerie Wrestling,” Tomoo Gokita has won many fans with his acclaimed drawings and black and white gouache paintings. Gokita has also exhibited his works abroad to strong accolade. His style and technique continue to evolve as he perennially pushes his practice in new directions. Although he is best known for his black and white works, he has in fact employed a rich array of visual vocabulary to produce a variety of pieces including series of blue paintings, stenciled works, collages, and sculptures. From the start of 2020, Gokita has been making color paintings; his solo exhibition held in Italy in March consisted exclusively of color works.

The exhibition “Moo” will feature Gokita’s latest works made in color on canvas with acrylics and pastels. In the past, Gokita’s works were inspired by old foreign magazines, photographs, and other printed matter. The latest works featured in this exhibition have no reference. Their imagery is based instead on crossings between the artist’s experience and memory and forms created by chance. In these new pieces, Gokita uses a soft tone and unique palette to address a variety of subjects. The paintings combine seemingly effortless expression and rich textures to suggest an evolutionary step in the artist’s oeuvre. The fruitful transformations that Gokita gracefully achieves by altering material and process also highlight the unwavering essence of his practice.



from August 28, 2020 to September 26, 2020
Exhibition Hours 12:00-18:00, By appointment only. (Please visit official website for the details.)


Tomoo Gokita



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