The Stephen Friedman Gallery has simply opened the first UK solo exhibition by Japanese artist Izumi Kato.
The exhibition celebrates the breadth of Kato’s follow, which spans portray, sculpture and drawing, and is each actually stunning and tremendous enjoyable.
Kato animates characters that inhabit a borderland between the bodily and religious worlds. His otherworldly topics embody kids with distinctive faces, embryos with absolutely developed limbs, and figures with bulbous heads and enormous eyes hooked up to slender, swish our bodies. The artist says about them: “They are nobody and nowhere”; quite, the kinds are an expression of vitality and the very essence of consciousness.
In the exhibition, Kato’s expressive work allude to themes of animism and folklore. The artist describes portray as the root of his follow of daring, clashing colours and intuitively making use of pigment on to surfaces together with his arms. He collects materials from his surroundings and combines portray with it
Sewing, knotting and carving – expertise he makes use of repeatedly as an avid fisherman – to create sculptures and installations from discovered textiles, wooden and stone.
Kato’s mysterious creatures are offered in a range of situations. One determine carved from wooden resembles an airplane, whereas one other is embellished with animals, birds and beetles. Continuing the motif of nature, a human-sized sculpture forged in aluminum from discovered boulders can be exhibited in the gallery backyard.
Izumi Kato, – Saturday January 7, 2023, Stephen Friedman
About the artist
Kato (*1969) lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Kato graduated from the portray division of Musashino University in Tokyo, Japan in 1992. Recent solo exhibitions embody: “Stand By You”, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA (2021); Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China (2020); “LIKE A ROLLING SNOWBALL”, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan (2019) and Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico (2019). Notable group reveals embody: Just Looking, Still Looking, Always Looking, Aranya Art Center, Qinhuangdao, China (2021); “Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature”, Tokyo, Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2020); “Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas”, Center for Heritage, Arts and Textile, Hong Kong, China (2020) and “Japanorama. A new vision of art since 1970”, Center Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France (2017). In 2007, Kato was invited to participate in “Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense” in the Italian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, curated by Robert Storr. Public collections include: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Japigozzi Collection, Geneva, Switzerland; K11, Hong Kong, China; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; The National Art Museum, Osaka, Japan; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China; Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo, Japan; Takahashi Ryutaro Collection, Tokyo, Japan; Toyota City Art Museum, Aichi, Japan; Zhiguan Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China and Museum of 21st Century Contemporary Art, Ishikawa, Japan.
- Art News London
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