(13)Turo Kuwakubo

SCENERY OF TOMORROW

October 18th – November 17th, 2007

Opening

Thursday, October 18th at 5-8 pm

 

PRESS RELEASE (Dansk version nederst)

It is with great pleasure that bendixen contemporary art, in cooperation with Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, welcomes you to the opening of an exhibition of new works by the Japanese painter Toru Kuwakubo.

From a purely stylistic point of view, the thickly applied paint of Toru Kuwakubo’s works demonstrates his genuine pleasure in as well as mastery of the impressionists’ painterly technique. His canvasses are covered with the rich texture of oil paint in a brilliant dabbling of small and large brushstrokes, making each and every stroke and color a clear and significant part of the painting’s whole. Kuwakubo’s love for the great impressionist painters is, however, not just about surface or pure technique. His paintings are just as much an evidence of the fact that the strength of art lies in its sensibility, its ability to express a feeling, a moment in time or an open narrative that gives rise to the spectator’s own reflections.

It is often the beach, the sea or the sky that forms the background of Kuwakubo’s poetic stories. But unlike post-impressionist painters, such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, were there is a tension between the real and the ideal, we find in Kuwakubo’s poetic narrations an acceptance of the fact that each and one of us construes our own reality at the crossroads between past and present; a realisation that life itself is the equilibrium between our ideals and the harsh facts of reality. Therefore the sometimes pointed titles seem a surprising contrast to Kuwakubo’s seemingly classical paintings. In its own sensitive way the titles reveal an interest in the political and social turbulence of the contemporary world.

 

Toru Kuwakubo (1978) was born in Kanazawa and lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 he graduated from Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan and has since achieved wide recognition in the art world. He won first prize at the public Tokyo Wonder Wall competition in 2002, which was sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. He became part of Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo in 2004 and has already had several solo shows in Japan, Korea, Germany and now Denmark.

 

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11- 2 pm.

 

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Toru Kuwakubo

 

SCENERY OF TOMORROW

18. oktober – 17. november, 2007

Fernisering

Torsdag 18. oktober 2007, 17-20

 

PRESSEMEDDELELSE

Det er med stor fornøjelse, at bendixen contemporary art, i samarbejde med Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, byder velkommen til en udstilling med nye værker af den japanske maler Toru Kuwakubo.

Fra et stilistisk synspunkt er det åbenlyst, at Toru Kuwakubos pastose malerier vidner om en gennemført glæde for og beherskelse af de impressionistiske malerteknikker. Kuwakubo fylder, i en virtuos blanding af små og store penselstrøg, lærredet med så fed en oliemaling, at hvert enkelt strøg og hver enkel farve bliver en tydelig og væsentlig del af maleriets helhed. Kuwakubos kærlighed til de store impressionistiske malere handler dog ikke alene om ren overflade eller teknik. Hans malerier er i lige så høj grad et vidnesbyrd om, at kunstens styrke ligger i dets sensibilitet – dets evne til at udtrykke en stemning, et tidsbillede eller en åben fortælling, som beskueren i sin egen bevidsthed kan reflektere videre over.

Det er ofte stranden, havet og himlen der danner baggrund for Kuwakubos poetiske fortællinger. Men i modsætning til post-impressionistiske malere, som for eksempel Vincent van Gogh og Paul Gauguin, befinder Kuwakubos poetiske fortællinger sig ikke i et konfliktfyldt spændingsfelt mellem det ideale og det virkelige. I Kuwakubos værker finder vi snarere en accept af, at vi hver især bearbejder vores virkelighed i et krydsfelt mellem fortid og nutid. At livet er en balance mellem vores idealer og realiteternes barske virkelighed. Derfor synes de til tider skarpe titler, som en kontrast til Kuwakubos tilsyneladende klassiske malerier og afslører på sin egen følsomme måde en interesse for den omkringliggende verdens politiske og sociale omvæltninger.

 

Toru Kuwakubo (1978) er født i Kanazawa og bor og arbejder i Tokyo, Japan. Han dimitterede i 2002 fra Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan og har siden opnået stor opmærksomhed på den internationale kunstscene. Kuwakubo vandt i 2002 første prisen ved den offentlige Tokyo Wonder Wall, som blev sponsoreret af Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Han blev i 2004 en del af Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo og har allerede haft en række soloudstillinger i Japan, Korea, Tyskland og nu Danmark.

 

Galleriets åbningstider: tirsdag – fredag kl. 12 – 17, lørdag kl. 11-14