Back to Originality and Simplicity: Japanese contemporary Ink exhibition Part2 / 日本當代水墨展 Part2
展 覽｜返璞歸真－日本當代水墨展 Part2
Originated in China, ink art has become not only the cultural code of Asia but also the symbol of Eastern aesthetics. Deeply influenced by Chinese painting, Japanese ink art began in the Kamakura Era (1185-1333). From postwar to contemporary, “Back to Originality and Simplicity” introduces the development of Japanese contemporary ink art. The common characteristics of works from these periods are the abandonment of heavy colour and figurative landscape. Breaking the tradition by its ombré effect, the simple line and brushstroke of ink create an abstract space to express Japanese spirituality.
PART 2 of the exhibition includes: as one of the representatives of Japanese GUTAI group, Kazuo SHIRAGA spread paints with his feet and became the pioneer of action painting in Japan. Combining materiality and spirituality, Yasuo SUMI returned to the original aspiration of humanity; Shozo SHIMAMOTO was another key figure of Japanese GUTAI group who had given up the technique of traditional ink painting to explore the necessity of spontaneity. Inspired by the vitality of nature, the pure abstractions are fully expressed in the arts of Shiho FUJIWARA. The technique of erasing-print by Kiro UEHARA has constructed composition of space, flowing objects and repetitive consciousness. The dedication Rogen EBIHARA has for ink and calligraphy allows him to blend his imagination with ink, creating a sense of refreshingly soft poetry. In search of world peace, the soul of Yuuna OKANISHI is sincerely reflected in her ink works. The silver lines in her new series “Blue Song” act as a representation of shark which swims gracefully in the ocean, expressing the importance of animal and environmental protection. Detailed yet bold, the black and white works of Yu KAWASHIMA have built a sense of modernity through his exquisite use of line and space.
Further developed from the core of Part 1, what we see within these diverse artworks is the combination of purity, contemporaneity and internationality in the sequence of ideas in Japanese contemporary Ink art.
Title｜Back to Originality and Simplicity:
Japanese contemporary Ink exhibition Part2
Date｜February 23 – March 24, 2019
Participated artists｜Kazuo SHIRAGA, Yasuo SUMI, Shozo SHIMAMOTO, Kiro UEHARA, Rogen EBIHARA, Yuuna OKANISHI, Yu KAWASHIMA
Opening｜February 23, 2019. 4pm
*Shiho FUJIWARA will be present
Venue｜Whitestone Gallery Taipei Neihu, 1F, No.1, Jihu Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City, 114, Taiwan