We are pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition "Visualization” from the 21st of April (Fri) until the 13th of May (Sat) at gallery UG Tennoz.
"Visualization" means to imagine, visualize, and embody matters, phenomena, relationships, and abstract concepts that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Artistic expression, or the component that goes into a work of art, has evolved over time. Since the Middle Ages, when religious paintings and portraits of royals and nobility were widespread, traditional works of art have focused on reality and technique.
As we progress into the modern era, a new generation of artists that question classical "beauty" has emerged. In order to embrace invisible themes such as personal beliefs and principles, the previously accepted concept of perceptual "beauty" ceased to exist.
Abstract expressions were frequently incorporated into conventional methods of expression such as landscapes and figures, and contemporary artworks portraying inner feelings and societal issues began to emerge.
Mika CHIBA unites with nature through engaging with water. She captures every shimmering particle of glittering water and light she sees in the midst of the strained atmosphere she does not experience in her everyday life. The universes constructed by intertwining and crossing one another resemble nature, where all circumstances, as well as individual lives and society as a whole, are intertwined.
Yohei YASHIMA describes his production as a process of examining and contemplating intensely in order to reach as close to the "truth" as possible. While giving form to the invisible, he attempts to disclose the truth and involve the viewer in the process. He is interested in human vulnerability and clumsiness, such as sorrow, fury, and a vague sense of insecurity. He sublimates such frustrating feelings and emotions by illustrating them through dolls that contain charm and comicality, and by giving them a sense of humor and emotional attachment.
Shoichi OKUMURA's paintings depict a multidimensional world vision that encompasses a nested mandala-like structure similar to that seen in Northern Sung landscape paintings. He also combines microcosmic visual composition with tropical imitations and relics from the 1980s and 1990s to show the joy-filled world of the present day.
Saori HASEGAWA combines plants and several landscapes in the same frame. The two appear to be interconnected, coexisting in symbiosis while expanding and repeating regeneration and destruction to build an entirely novel landscape. The person seeing the screen will find their attention drifting as a result of the rhythm that alternates between the two, which awakens recollections and fantasies.
At a time when new pictorial expression is regarded as a challenge in the history of art, the significance of the narrative in each work of art is becoming more apparent.
This is the main approach of the four artists, who not only focus on the fundamental issues confronting humanity today, but also aim to seek ways of affirming pluralistic expression and existence itself through their paintings.
We welcome you to explore the worlds of these four artists, which are constantly evolving and deepening as a result of their diverse perspectives.