Masato Kobayashi “Family of this Planet”
[Image: Masato KOBAYASHI, Portrait of the artist, 2020, oil, canvas, wood, 230x191x11cm]
Ends in 22 days
Masato Kobayashi’s paintings are born from the harmony of real and imaginary light, expanding into the space and taking in what is in the space at the same time. The frame-like pieces of wood around his paintings are projected outward and bent, which gives the viewers a hard time describing what they are looking at. It is unclear whether his paintings are complete. If a painting is a physical material that relies on the real world, notwithstanding the shape and size of its structural support, there should not be a clear border dividing the real world and the painting. By cropping its outer frame intuitively as “if a painting of this planet,” Kobayashi can simultaneously realize the two image worlds- the world in which he sees an image in his head and the world in which the viewers recreate their own image through contemplation.
In this exhibition, Kobayashi will present a new series of work in which he uses his model as his motif, in addition to the portraits of a horse in which the horse holds a paintbrush in its mouth and looks like it is about to come out of the painting. In one artwork, the depicted model is holding onto the side of the canvas and about to emerge from the canvas. In another, the traces that the fleeing model made creates a new painting. By letting the physicality of the painted object decide the physicality of the painting, Kobayashi’s paintings generate a reverse power dynamic where the model, not the artist, controls his paintings. After all, his image is not depicted on canvas but located far beyond meaning and concept. As spectators of the planet, viewers will have to revolutionize the field of their imagination and create new images of their own. Along with this exhibition, an installation by Kobayashi will also be presented.
from September 10, 2021 to October 16, 2021
Exhibition Hours 12:00-18:00
From 12:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays
Address: 2F Complex665, 6-5-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
2 minute walk from exit 1b at Roppongi Station on the Hbiya or Toei Oedo line, 8 minute walk from exit 7 at Azabu-juban Station on the Nanboku or Toei Oedo line, 11 minute walk from exit 5 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line.