Mikiko Kumazawa “Coming and Going”
[©KUMAZAWA Mikiko / Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery]
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Mikiko Kumazawa is known for her depictions of the world that are at once subtle and overwhelming, mainly rendered in pencil. In her previous solo exhibition “Howl” (2015) the artist presented the largest work of her career to date, “Tree of Ogre’s Children,” which left an intensely strong impression upon viewers. Since last year, Kumazawa has been engaged in the new challenge of involving a uniquely distinctive element of color in her visual expression. The very first work created within this development, “World Food Tour,” won the 9th Suga Tatehiko Grand Prix. In this exhibition, Kumazawa will show three works, including “World Food Tour,” which embrace the new explorations in expressive color, as well as various pencil drawings.
Whether it’s sprawling city townscapes, rampantly growing plants, or a picture plane packed to the brim with food, Kumazawa depicts scenes in which the everyday world that surrounds us has undergone a transformation. In the midst of these strange environments of continuous propagation and transformation, people appear not to be questioning the situation but instead to calmly accept it. Today, as the sense of both virtual reality and artificial reality’s presence in our lives increases year on year, and as every message we post on social media is recorded as indisputable actuality, there is the sense of a gap gradually emerging between our experiences of the landscapes of the real and the memories of reality. Given the pan-focus with which Kumazawa’s works are subtly depicted, and her continuously expanding landscapes, perhaps it is precisely their surplus of transformation that makes these compositions in fact a sincere and accurate method of depicting the world of this generation.
This is unique opportunity to experience the work of Kumazawa, invested with new expressive qualities and rendering in subtle complexity the variegated landscapes of everyday life.
from November 01, 2017 to December 02, 2017
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.
Opening Reception on 2017-11-01 from 18:00 to 20:00