Daisuke Ohba "The Light Field"

SCAI The Bathhouse

poster for Daisuke Ohba "The Light Field"

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Opening on March 6th 2009, Scai The Bathhouse will present "The Light Field," a solo exhibition by Daisuke Ohba. Ohba, born in 1981, is one of the most outstanding of today's up-and-coming painters.

Since his solo "Labyrinth" exhibition in 2006 at Magical, Artroom in Tokyo and at Artzone in Kyoto, Ohba has been increasingly in demand for group exhibitions. In 2008, these included "Vivid Material" at Tokyo Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts), and "The Eco" at ZAIM in Yokohama. Plans for 2009 include participation in the third exhibition in the "War & Art - Terror and Simulacrum of Beauty" series curated by Takayo Iida at Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design. Ohba has gained international acclaim for both representational paintings (his "Woods" and "Mount" series of landscapes) and abstract paintings (his Spectrum series with its rhythmic arrangements of grids), as well as for other works such as his metallized trophy sculptures. This success has resulted in keen interest in how his art will develop.

One of the attractions of Ohba's art is his use of iridescent pearl paint, producing paintings that undergo continual transformations - image shifts and color transitions - as the light varies or as the viewer moves. He is also exploring the material properties of the new color shift paints, experimenting with how they can be used to incorporate the painting's surroundings into the overall composition by attention to natural light and to viewers' lines of sight and routes through the gallery. By developing this relationship with the viewer, Ohba is discovering new possibilities in pictorial space.

"The Light Field," Ohba's first solo exhibition at Scai the Bathhouse, will feature seven representational works, consisting of a large (2 meters tall by 7.5 meters wide) five-panel painting of "Woods," and two smaller "Mount" paintings. These will be installed to give viewers a sense of being physically enveloped by the paintings, encountering a pictorial space that exudes a sense of sublimity. This sublimity in Ohba's paintings is distinct from the landscape depicted, emerging instead from how he captures illusions of light that resemble the effects of stained glass. It is the landscape of trees and mountains that enters the vision first, but when standing facing one of these works, one comes into the presence of a dazzling world of light that seems to be produced somewhere beyond the canvas. This pictorial space can be thought of as a "light field," which gives the exhibition its name.

This exhibition is being held concurrently with Magical, Artroom in Ebisu (Tokyo), which will also be exhibiting Ohba's works during the same period (March 6th - April 5th, 2009). Magical, Artroom will present a new series of abstract works. By holding a joint exhibition at two venues, Scai the Bathhouse and Magical, Artroom provide a marvelous opportunity to fully experience the quintessence of the illusions of light woven by Ohba's pictorial space, transcending the boundaries of abstract and representational art. Visitors are encouraged to discover for themselves how Daisuke Ohba's forays into his chosen medium are broadening its expressive potential.

[Image:"UROBOROS(woods)" (2008) acrylic on cotton, 120 x 150 cm]



From 2009-03-06 To 2009-04-04


Daisuke Ohba



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