Open: 11:00-19:00 *Closed on Sun, Mon and National holiday
Venue: NANZUKA [ ACCESS MAP ]
Hiroko Yamaji was born in the Mie Prefecture in 1983 and completed a master's course in oil painting at Musashino Art University. Yamaji has experienced a number of exhibitions in Japan and Germany, including her participation in the Gunma Biennale for Young Artists (2008) and the Tokorozawa Biennale (2009, 2011), as well exhibiting in group shows VERLANGSAMTE PERFORMANCE (Van Horn, Duesseldorf), Hiroko Yamaji, Stephan Ruderisch, Daniel Schubert (Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, 2012), and Unechte Landschaft (BKV Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam e.V, 2015).
Through a process of effectively trimming away at common landscapes and motifs and then restructuring them in a rhythmical fashion, Yamaji creates striking imagery that leave viewers with a lasting impression. Her abstract paintings, produced through the coinciding of a macroscopic field of view with a microscopic point of view, also amass together as a reservoir of dialogue that takes place between Yamaji and her repeated subject matter. At first glance, Yamaji's works appear abstract, yet the method of their execution is rather realistic. Within the course of producing her works, Yamaji above all places emphasis on a close and meticulous observation of the subject, and through such means attempts to convey upon the canvas, various aspects from naturally evoked emotions, emerging forms, resonant melodies, and scents that drift forth along the breeze.
Yamaji's latest works featured in the exhibition comprises of a series that seemingly capture ever-changing natural phenomena such as humidity, temperature, rain, and clouds. Like a flock of birds that naturally appear to form a "picture" for example, the works could be described as a puzzle consisting of thought and recognition, formulated by bringing together forms that we visually perceive to recognize with such forms that we believe we cannot see.
An opening reception with the artist in attendance will be held on October 8 (Sat) from 18:00pm to 20:00pm.