Yoshitaka Amano “Aurum”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

poster for Yoshitaka Amano “Aurum”
[Image: Yoshitaka Amano "Wind and Thunder Gods 2" (2015) 37.5 x 50 cm]

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The exhibition title, “Aurum”, is the Latin term for “gold”, and originally refers to the brilliant shine of things, or morning twilight. There exists a very close relationship between man and gold, a material with many appealing qualities that widely occurs in nature, and that maintained its fascination as a symbol for “technical skill”, “beauty” and “power” since ancient times. As represented by the art of alchemy, it has been a source of science and imagination, and with its outstanding workability, conductibility and resistance, it still plays a significant role in today’s industrial arts.

While gold has been an effective element regarding the coloration of Amano’s works also in the past, this exhibition focuses on a rather blunt approach to the material. Its appeal as a physical matter or an optical state gives the works an irreplicable uniqueness beyond the confines of design. Now it remains to be seen what new aspects gold, which next to its visual and scientific character has also various psychological effects, will reveal as a medium for embodying Amano’s exceptional imaginative power. On display at this exhibition are various types of works ranging from painting to earthenware, flavored with a number of specifically Japanese elements. Enjoy the Wind and Thunder Gods, Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, a vase that looks like the moon, a treasure box containing a secret, and other works that all contain their own peculiar glimmer.

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from September 02, 2015 to October 03, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-02 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Yoshitaka Amano

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