Yukari Matsushima "Vacant Evil"

Kodama Gallery Tokyo

poster for Yukari Matsushima "Vacant Evil"

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Matsushima completed the graduate course in painting this March at the Kyoto City University of Arts. She has been participating in the Kodama Gallery Project since 2007, when she was still a student. In addition to exhibiting her work at the permanent collection exhibition "Ignore Your Perspective," Matsushima has also shown at Ultra 01, Art at Agnes, Art Fair Tokyo and more.

This much anticipated first solo exhibition by Matsushima is an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the world of her work, which does not often receive a systematic survey in the context of group shows and art fairs that tend to focus on single works.

Strange and curious motifs abound in Matsushima's work. Dragnets, fireworks, summer grasses and plants, demons, monsters and ghosts. Just like how many of the myths in her work conceal a certain amount of terror behind them, the seemingly jocular style of her depictions seem to slip obliviously into a feminine world of refined colors and elegant linework - a world that appears to be governed by illogical rules and mischief. On the other hand, even as her work appears to be buried with negative motifs and themes, its ability to elude total seriousness, sadness and gloom only adds to the bizarre character of its ambience. The lame cloth that she uses as an accent as well as the snowflake collages that she creates using stencils are evidence of Matsushima's casual attitude and sense of playfulness, traits which conspire to elicit a very complex set of responses from her audience.



From 2009-08-22 To 2009-09-19



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