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0fr. TOKYO GALLERY
A group show with collaborative work by artists Iro Kitamura and Sean Edward Whelan.
Opposing forces are present in everything. The shadow cast behind the vase is in equal measure, the result of the light that hits its surface. When opposing forces work in tandem, we can see a contrast and appreciate the forms that materialize. Similarly, approaching from opposite ends of the art spectrum, Iro and Whelan are meeting in the middle. By finding ways to compliment and communicate with each other through their very different visual languages, they aim to discover new forms.
Iro’s work comes from an expressive, emotional response to personal experiences and musings on street and traditional culture, music and nature. Using found materials, paper, canvas and wood panels, the textures of the paint are fluid and allowed to play across their surfaces. By harnessing the properties of the paint, he recreates and celebrates energy and life in his layered abstractions.
Whelan’s work is figurative and draws from extensive observations. Remodeling traditional and religious paraphernalia and rendering them with bright gaudy palettes, he creates part melancholic, part ironic narratives and asks questions about steadfast traditions and art in a disposable age. In contrast to Iro, and in keeping with his themes, his control over the paint and the surface is practiced and deliberate, with a meticulous attention to detail.
0fr. TOKYO GALLERY
Opening Night: Friday Nov.21st 7pm – 10pm.
Exhibition: Nov.21st – 30th.
Gallery Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sat. & Sun. only)
Tokyo, Meguro-Ku, Kami-Meguro 1-11-1
Vista of my mind, 2014
watercolor, pencil & acrylic
paper mounted on board
150 x 52cm
After several studies and 2 months of work, this piece is finally finished and has found it’s new home back in Australia. Working with natural motifs, I discovered more about what can be done with this method of painting. I’ve always been pretty meticulous with the drafting work at the beginning – measuring all the angles and keeping everything in check, like a perspective drawing, but this time I could sketch things out more loosely and try new things with colour -relying more on the light and contrast to make the figures.
I recently started working on a commission and have been going through a few concepts. It’s been a while since I used natural motifs in my artwork – and it’s been nice to get outside and explore the leafy areas around the river and the mossy woods nearby. Here is an early study on paper with watercolor and pencil. The final piece will be a horizontal diptych, about 150cm wide by 50 high, and probably the biggest I’ll have done yet.
Thank You Television
A little series of works in honor of my favorite irrelevant medium. 39 Art in Studio Zero Myoko starts tomorrow. If you have any queries about the work get in touch. 30% of sales are going to victims of the 3.11 tsunami and radiation evacuees in Fukushima.
39 ART 展 for 3.11
会場/実験空間 Studio Zero
Happy New Year *Update*
SpaceWomb Gallery’s annual ‘postcard exhibition’ group show has begun. The show runs from the 9th, featuring local New York artists and international artists, til the 22nd of January. Click through to the website for gallery opening hours.
Happy New Year!
2013 was a blur. The never-ending lead up to my solo show in August was intense. Interspersed with side projects, the Hazelhurst Prize in Sydney, group shows here in Japan, a studio move and the regular challenges of living abroad, there was a point where it didn’t look like it was going to come together. Fortunately, with the help of family and friends here in Japan and Blackartprojects back in Australia, the long slog was rewarded with a successful show and an Archibottle Prize win with Cake Wines.
2014 is already ramping up, with a group show in New York of postcard sized works. I’ve taken some liberties with the brief an made a 5 piece byoubu based on work I’ve been doing in acrylic recently. The show opens on January 9 which I’ll re-post after the official press release. A small collection of work will also be on display in Niseko, Hokkaido – with more details to come. Check out some of my newest below, thank you for all the support last year and all the best in 2014.
新年明けましておめでとうございます。2013年は、忙しながらもアート活動が充実した1年でした。母国メルボルンでの個展やCake Wines Archi-Bottle Award受賞でのワイン商品化、Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awardファイナリスト、地元妙高でのグループ展など様々な場所で作品を発表することが出来ました。たくさんの方々のサポートありがとうございました。