Kana Kou @ Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Kana Kou is participating the group exhibition "Garden of Life - Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature" at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum from 17 October, 2020 - 12 January, 2021.
(For available works of Kou, please visit artist page of Art Front Gallery: Click here)
■Garden of Life - Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature
Saturday, 17 October, 2020 - Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
Closed on October 28, November 11, 25, December 9, 23, December 28–January 4
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Born in 1975 in Tokyo
She passed away on February 2020 in the middle of preparation for this exhibition
Kou’s artwork features motifs of scenery drawn from memories formed during her fieldwork in the mountains and sea. In 2013, she was selected for the VOCA Exhibition at the Ueno Royal Art Museum and received attention for her contribution to the Setouchi Triennale, The Secret of Hanasuwajima. After relocating to Shodoshima, her motifs began to reflect the plants, stones, and other natural materials on the island. She changed her name from Yoshida to Kou in 2016. Kou’s works, which appear to express the sublime, are a sort of toolbox for the artist to (vicariously) experience the grandness of nature like a protagonist or player in a role-playing game. They likewise arouse the viewer to play. That is evident in Cosmic Cactus, an imitation of a desert plant that could be described as a panorama in solid form, and can also be foreseen in her early video work SHAKKI - black and white on the lake. Works that evoke a panoramic sense of nature are displayed alongside these two pieces.