Tsuyoshi Higashijima and Tomoko Takagi at VOLTA12. Booth AO7
June 13–18, 2016
■ PUBLIC HOURS
TUESDAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – 18 .... 10 am – 7 pm
BASEL NACHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 16 .... 5 – 9 pm
■ PREVIEW + PUBLIC OPENING: MONDAY, JUNE 13
GUEST OF HONOR PREVIEW: 10 am – 12 pm, VIP / PRESS PREVIEW: 12 – 2 pm, PUBLIC VERNISSAGE: 2 – 7 pm
※For further information, please visit VOLTA 12's official website.
ARTCOURT Gallery is pleased to announce a duo presentation of the work of two painters from different generations, Tsuyoshi Higashijima and Tomoko Takagi,
linked by way of the term “cell membrane” at VOLTA12.
Tsuyoshi Higashijima left Japan for London in 1988, and in the 1990s lived in New York City, where he worked for a time as an assistant to Julian Schnabel.
There he absorbed the atmosphere of Neo-expressionism and began building a reputation both in Japan and internationally with his abstract expressions
concerned with the painting surface through the application of tile, milk-white films of synthetic resin, and transparent glass fragments onto the canvas.
The artist’ s internal self, and the external factors of light, wind, temperature and humidity. Created to generate states in which these aspects are in constant flux
while influencing each other, Higashijima’ s painting surfaces rise up like the chaos that gushes out from the spaces between symbol and substance, and absorbing and reflecting light as if breathing, they toy with the consciousness of the onlooker. Sometimes evolving to enormous proportions exceeding the visual field, these paintings change in appearance in accordance with the movement of the viewer’ s body, or when set outdoors they blend into nature, their skins taking in the rain and wind, and the ensuing deterioration too becomes incorporated into the work.
Tomoko Takagi, a painter of great promise who completed her studies in oil painting at Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School this spring, works with motifs of scenes created from shop window and garden décor that has been selected and combined by others ( “someone other than myself” ), and by interposing her own physicality with flowing strokes, she gives rise to a vibrant, colorful world of painting. Characterized by a translucence and luster achieved through an original method of blending large amounts of medium into the oil paint and then whipping the mixture like cream, Takagi’ s matière maintains her motifs’ representational
shapes on the verge of dissolving into the abstract pigments and irregularities of the paint, thus stimulating the viewer’ s visual and tactile senses simultaneously.
While in their painterly expressions these two artists are focused on the divergent approaches of abstraction and representation, their surfaces also function dynamically like semi-permeable cell membranes and share the special quality of bringing about interpenetrations of such opposing factors that compose a painting as the self and the other, the tangible and the intangible, solid and liquid, transparency and opacity, and the visual and the tactile.
At VOLTA, we would like to present the unknown potential these two painters create, of heterogeneous factors that coexist while maintaining heterogeneity within a rich ambiguity that cannot be completely grasped from a dualistic point of view.
We look forward to seeing you in our booth at VOLTA 12.
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