I take a part in the Exhibition; Moon light reflected on the water surface …among Those intangible…
at Gallery KCUA, Kyoto, Japan.
27th June 2015-2nd Aug, 2016.
Artist: Junko Kido, Asae Soya, Makiko Nakamura, Mayako Wada, Junko Kido
From the Curator….
The number of female students enrolled at Kyoto City University of Arts has continued to increase
and is now approaching 90 percent of all students. This trend can be seen, to varying degrees,
in art schools throughout the whole country.
However, despite this trend, the number of female artists have not increased significantly.
So what are female art school graduates aiming towards? What direction are they heading?
Taking these questions as a starting point, this summer we will hold the exhibition and event project “Moonlight reflected on the water’s surface”.
First of all, we should introduce the spirited artist who are showing work in the exhibition:
Junko Kido, Asae Soya, Makiko Nakamura, and Mayuko Wada. Junko Kido makes installation work that calls out to the viewer’s sensitivity by utilising the power of place through repeated interaction with the the space. Asae Soya uses everyday, familiar objects as a motif which she expresses through color and light. However, in recent years she has also ventured into the world of installation and painting. Makiko Nakamura creates ceramic work that takes on a blend of the mundane and the unusual, and in recent years she has worked on a series that fuses the Japanese sense of aesthetic for finding beauty in imperfection and subtlety with references to Western motifs. Finally, Mayuko Wada uses various approaches, unrestricted by size, in order to visualise the consciousness and thought of things that lack substance.
In this way, the four artists represented in this exhibition use various techniques to produce work that allows us to capture a physical sense of the elegance that is overlooked in our everyday experience. Our world is not simply made up of things that can only be seen with our eyes. The four participants offer us a glimpse of the invisible things, the existence of which surely forms a part of the reality of our world. By trying to capture these invisible fragments of “now”, these women continue to develop the world of their own artwork. Paul Klee once remarked that the essence of art is to make things possible to be seen, not merely the reproduction of what we can already see. Without a doubt, the women represented in this exhibition are presently gazing upon the real essence of art.
Furthermore, in addition to the internationally active artists taking part in this exhibition, there are various events being held on the theme of “now” which are focussed on graduates of Kyoto City University of Arts. For example, taking the idea of “art is that which is studied at art school”, there will be a talk event held by art school graduates that are engaging in occupations other than that of an artist. These various talk events that touch on the career paths of female art school graduates will be a chance to recapture the idea of the “now” which includes the point of view of those attending. Contained in the Japanese expression kyo-ka-sui-getsu (flowers reflected in a mirror and the moon reflected on the water’s surface) is the idea of something that is visible yet has no substance: a beauty that cannot be described or captured. This is often defined as a metaphor for a fleeting vision, yet surely there is a more profound meaning to the expression. The women chosen for this exhibition, and in fact all of us alive today, face this idea of not being able to grasp what we see, or not being to describe what we feel. Through this, the various forms of “now” are shaped. The idea of the moon reflected in water does not just reference a vision soon to be gone, but it is more deeply connected with the various backgrounds of people. Although this image of the moon flickering on a multicoloured water surface may be an elegance we overlook in our daily lives, it is surely a thing of true existence that we are able to come across. Perhaps within this existence we may just be able to find a clue to our direction in life.
We are eagerly awaiting many visitors for both the exhibition and the events.