Kana Kou @ ROPPONGI TSUTAYA BOOKS, Tokyo
We are pleased to announce the solo show of Kana Kou (Yoshida Kana) at ROPPONGI TSUTAYA BOOKS in Tokyo.
(For available works of Kou, please visit artist page of Art Front Gallery: Click here)
Kou Kana has been working based on her actual experience in the nature, climbing mountains and diving into the ocean. Her works are not merely a result of her visual experience, but memory, including the emotion she has felt through her experience, anxiety or fear, which can turn the place special for the artist. The artist called these kind of experience a "Beautiful Limit", and which also were adopted as titles of her works.
Her works had a large impact in group exhibition recently held at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Oct. 2020 to Jan. 2021).
In the new solo exhibition of the artist "100 miles climbing" beginning from March 22, is held in two sets, showing some of her major works which have not be shown recently in public.
March 22 (Mon) to April 25 (Sun), 2021
April 27 (Tue) - May 30 (Sun), 2021
ROPPONGI TSUTAYA BOOKS 2F BOOK GALLERY
(6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
ROPPONGI HILLS Roppongi Keyakizaka Street)
【 Yoshida Kana ／ Kou Kana Catalogue 】
From paintings to installations, we selected more than 130 major works out of over 300 works by the artist from the early period to 2020. Introduced in chronological order to show the transformation of the artist's interest and expression. The first catalogue of the artist is scheduled to be published in April 2021.
【100 miles climbing “you are here to enjoy yourself “】
The first half of the 100 miles climbing exhibition show mainly works from the "For the Love of Beer" series which is based on the artist's original plot about the main character Mr. Beer climbing a cliff while at the same time enjoying the process to reach the goal. The climber is doing the vertical mountain climbing seven days, while only drinking water from cactus and therefore dreaming of having a beer at the final goal. The landscape is an imaginative scenery based on the artist's own mountain climbing.
The title of the first set of the exhibition “ you are here to enjoy yourself ” is a message of the artist. Overcoming the obstacle day by day, step by step to have the treat on the last day. This might be close to our recent difficult situation.
[100 miles climbing “Beautiful Limit"]
The term “Beautiful Limit” is made by the artist meaning the state in which one's limitation and consciousness expands due to panic, entailed by fear or surprise, at the moment encountering nature beyond recognition. The artist's whole working process was to expand this Beautiful Limit. Her direct experience of the nature was always there before the works, and the works were the result of reconstruction based on the experience.
The second half of the exhibition introduces works with impressive green landscapes. While the first half is about the struggle of human kind in the large nature, the second will be about the harmony with the nature. We are able to feel the artist's view toward the richness of the nature.