July 25th, 2012
Artist: Tomoo Gokita
Venue: Taka Ishii, Tokyo
Exhibition Title: Variety Show
Date: June 30 – July 28, 2012
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Taka Ishii, Tokyo
Gokita’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad. In 2012, his work was included in The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction held at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art.
Gokita uses acrylic gouache to create uniquely even surfaces in his paintings. Together, the paintings’ palettes, from which all color excluding black and white have been removed, and abstract imagery, which nevertheless retain traces of representation, exude formidable power over their viewers.
The picture is in motion from the moment the eye turns into an ear.
For whom? For what? I don’t know.
I wait for “silliness” which lurks behind a kind of fermented unconscious, such
as the act of eating a picture or putting a paintbrush in one’s ear.
“Silliness,” however, doesn’t manifest itself so easily. It is a conundrum.
Regardless, to express pictures with words is silly.
Gokita’s unique attitude toward art production, which his use of “silliness” above illustrates, also straightforwardly communicates the pleasure he takes in painting. The dynamic manner in which Gokita paints his larger-than-life canvases brings vibrancy to his paintings, which powerfully draw their viewers into an idiosyncratic world.