THE ART FAIR +PLUS-ULTRA 2014 (+PLUS category)
1st Term : October 25 (sat.) 〜 28 (tue.) , 2014 11:00 - 20:00
Spiral Garden (SPIRAL 1F) atrium : d Admission free
Opening Party：10/25 (sat.） 20：30〜22：00
“Labyrinth or Garden, of fine depiction”
Artists: Mayumi Shimizu, Hitomi Aoki, Asako Setoh, mariane, Hiroko Masuko, Kana Nemoto, Sonoko Nukaga
Aoki consistently draws mysterious life forms with overwhelming detailed lines and dots drawings by using papers and pen. Motifs of her works are made of intertwined ivy, petals and various parts of animals. Her consciousness spreads into every corner of these motifs and they bring us breathtaking surprise and pleasure to follow these motifs with our eyes.
“The pleasure of finesse. I find the pleasantness of visibility in endless links of fragmented small forms. I stoically keep creating fine parts beyond my limit; my journey. If this track brings a new story which built from each viewer’s individuality, that is my highest pleasure” (Setoh).
mariane （Mariane Maiko Matsuo）
mariane is gaining recognition for her works done with delicate brushstrokes on Japanese paper, which reveal the eccentric appearances of living creatures that can be seen as both animals and plants. According to the artist, the frequent appearance in her works of a form that might remind one of a genital organ is a life-force symbol, which manifests itself in the process whereby she explores her own senses.
Masuko has pursued expression of elaborate drawings in pen and ink until 2006. “Bonsai”, Japanese dwarf potted trees, appeared in her works grow up as time goes by and take on aspects sometimes of traditional Bonsai as plants and at other times of evolution like animals. We will confront the unique world, as she stated, “I draw nature up to human side and develop it along human scale”.
Shimizu Mayumi wedges pigments into her clays to produce pale-colored pottery and porcelain clays. She forms each clay into narrow ribbons, which she bundles or kneads together into loaves. She then cuts the loaves into thin slices and pieces them together, following a paper template, to create a flat shape, which she then places in a plaster mold to form the piece. The finished work has extremely fine marbled patterns, almost perilously delicate forms created in her distinctive manner.（Excerpt from the catalog “COOL & LIGHT : New Spirit in Craft Making / Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo” of 2004）
“Based on my childhood memory, I want to make art that expresses a story. I carefully process each steps of copperplate engraving, creating the world of monochrome” (Nemoto).
“We can easily find an obscure frontal view of any matters by searching on the Internet today, and ironically due to this fact, we become insensitive to view things. To reaffirm the action of viewing, I made a relief without background, created by cutting out the figure from the images on Internet (this unstable 3D-object contains neither the absolute frontal view nor the thickness of sculpture)” (Nukaga).