2023.12.15 - 2024.1.6

By the artist’s seizing any one object from nature, that object no longer is part of nature. One can go so far as to say that the artist creates the object in that very moment by emphasizing its significant, characteristic, and interesting aspects or, rather, by adding the higher values.

From Propylaea (1799) by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe(1749-1832)

Ryoko Kaneta personifies the elements of nature by painting female figures. She says “The girls in my paintings, which are both large and small, embody nature and its many elements, along with invisible things such as signs and memories. Since ancient times, it has been believed in Japan that all things have God and life.” She expresses the existences that exceed human wisdom, such as God and natural scenes, through painting girls of different styles and ages. In recent years, she creates works themed on native Japanese culture and atmosphere. She has tried to find and convey contemporary era of characters of since 2012, and held the group exhibition named “199X”. 

Yaikel grew up in a city in Chile. The primal power of Mother Nature, urbanity, deserts, folk culture, ancient civilizations, and legends are the main materials that provide him with artistic inspiration. He says “I draw inspiration from elements in nature and the landscape that captivate my attention, as well as iconic objects and places from our culture. The idea is to contemplate how we relate to one another and to our environment.” He explores materials that span from muralism and painting to screen printing and ceramics to seek to develop a unique language through which I can communicate visually with the viewer.

Yerin Jang has expressed her inner self through girl in the painting. She has faced herself as a being who is a mixture of memories, emotions, and expectations, and has expressed the psychological opposites that exist within her as an intersection of light and darkness, truth and lies, and beauty and anxiety. The young girl who appears in the new works can be said to symbolize the human being in the beginning, a part of pure nature embracing Mother Nature's providence. As a field of constantly changing energy, the essence of nature is the coexistence of vitality and destructive power. The vitality and destructive power of nature repeatedly circulate as starting and ending points for each other, and although contradictory, they become mutual elements of coexistence rather than opposition. Her new works further expands her previous works in that it explores the duality in the larger scale and humans as a part of nature.