Frantic Gallery Will Captivate at AAF Amsterdam
Japan- Tokyo | Oct 22 2012 | (22:47:59 - EDT)
Frantic Gallery of Tokyo is presenting, for the first time, four of its artists who work in the media of drawing, digital art and photography. Naoki Sasayama will be showing works related to his interest in landscape, the physics and morphology of death and the visual effects of disfiguration. Naritaka Satoh’s drawings will manifest artist’s research of the anxiety of childhood and related dream-like objects. Macoto Murayama dedicates himself to excessive descriptions of flowers, building a vast corpus of botanical diagrams. Finally, Makoto Sasaki will bring photos of Tokyo, which are filled with dynamism and vibrant network of layers.
Naoki Sasayama uses self-produced watercolors to create the image of catastrophe with high density and insisting presence. Fluctuating between abstract and concrete, unformed and shaped, the bodies of machines and humans exhibit the potential of colorful organics, the aesthetic powers of collision, eruption and mergence. Sasayama mixes glycerin, pigment, ethanol and other materials to create his own “water”-colors, his personal substances which are far from the essence of water but rather disturbingly close to the visual and tactile character of meat and mud. Thus, it is not only a representation of the accident, but the accidentality of substance itself that is shown on his “tableau vivant”.
Naritaka Satoh works mainly with pencil, adding white acrylic for background and charcoal for the darker sections of the works. Consequently, his pieces combine the visuality of a drawing dominated by lines with features of a painting which stresses spots and brush strokes. Trying to achieve hyperreal representation and depicting babies that look like toys or in reverse toys that obtain organic bodies, Satoh creates gloomy rooms with tense relationship between characters in it.
In series of works titled “Tokyo Layers” Makoto Sasaki perceives his Megalopolis as a place of multi-directed and synchronous times. Photo for Sasaki is not a medium for still life; in reverse it is a city-like accumulation of elevated bustling lights and radiating motions. Sasaki is using a technique of capturing subject with the camera in movement and exposure time of 20-30 seconds, while interrupting the light stream for several times during each shot. This extension of light in captured image comes together with its black out, the line absorbs the rhythm, the continuity is overlapped with a rupture. Layers of stretched light that comes from the windows of the city skyscrapers constitute “The Tokyo”, taking the viewer to the personalized time of its dwellers, the presence of the artist and the moment of the shot.
Macoto Murayama creates computer generated botanical drawings, bringing an ancient tradition of flower illustration into the digital age. Pre-modern visuality meets here with cutting-edge technology; natural forms intertwine with scientific sharpness and descriptive precision. The full body of works is called “Inorganic Flora”. It has two major brunches, namely “Botanical Diagrams”, large drawings of a particular flower with the scientific name, parts indications, measurements, scale and other descriptive elements, and “Botech Art”, vivid manifestation of synthesized “Botanical Art” and “Technical Art”, in which organic form discloses its mechanical elements while architectonics of the plant reveal its gentle, lively and sexual nature.
As a part of AAF Amsterdam (Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam)
Presented by Frantic Gallery
Curated by ENTOMORODIA
Oct. 25-28, 2012
Source: Frantic Gallery, Frantic Artists @AAF on Facebook
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