O Jun + Junichi Mori "Keirenshi"
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This exhibition features impressionistic paintings by O Jun and wood carvings of natural phenomena by Junichi Mori that attempt to seek out "convulsive" sensations, inspired by the way in which Surrealist Andre Breton used the word: to designate a jerky movement that accompanies a state of absence or unconsciousness. According to Breton, a "convulsion" was a state of ambiguous beauty which, through the intervention of time, was neither ambulatory nor stationary: a quiet impulse whose character is indiscernible, which provokes an instantaneous bodily reaction from us.
Junichi Mori, who is showing at Mizuma Gallery for the first time, is a noted sculptor known for pieces that depict the workings and flows of the natural world using marble and wood. His previous works were inspired by a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci entitled "Water", and his subsequent pieces attempted to sculpt two-dimensional "water" using the complicated medium of sculpture. Mori's works at this exhibition build on these attempts, although the motif is no more than a starting point. Their forms have become abstract and insubstantial, like webs of thin ice.
O Jun, who transforms his materials in order to reflect the motifs they attempt to represent, has been creating landscape paintings using oil and pastels in recent years. He grafts his own reactions and responses onto mundane scenery, picturesque landscapes and common gardens alike, attempting to capture, as far as possible in two dimensions, a crisp, "convulsive" view of the world. O Jun's paintings are a reconstruction of the truth or falsehood of our world, including mistakes in vision or blurred views.
[Image: Junichi Mori, "Minawa" (2008), wood, 82x82x2.5cm, photo by Hirokazu Hayakawa. Courtesy Void+]