New Paintings from Kyoto
– Kaoru Usukubo and Daisuke Ohba
February 22, 2020 – April 11, 2020
Opening: Friday, February 21, 2020, 7-9 pm
Potsdamer Strasse 63
DE 10785 Berlin
Wed - Fr 2 - 6 pm
Sat 12 - 6 pm
On what rules is our world based? And what stories with what meaning are we living in?
Our creative act in our ateliers originates in something like a fragment of reality that our eyes capture, and eventually ‘visualizes’ intentional things and, events resulting from the conspiracy between accidental chance and action. It can be also called an act of translating a visually recognizable subject, and ‘object(Gegenstand)’ that exists beyond it, into a painting.
The fact loses its life the moment we try to perceive it as an integrated form. When we attempt to grasp the ‘sekai’ (or ‘welt’) , it’s the fragmented time and our own senses as bystanders that give us clues.For us, painting is like a pedestal to set them.
In our attempt to grasp the ‘sekai’ (or ‘welt’) and the object (or Gegenstand), the moment when our senses encounter something that strikes us is real is quite ephemeral.During the time we are engaged at the canvas, unintended misreading may occur which cannot occur intentionally.This painting space where intension and unintended translation coexist reminds us once again that there might beanother unexpected ‘sekai’.
Fateful encounters of gaining knowledge, dreaming, humans overcoming the menace of nature, and the nature recoveringhumans again. Our life and living represent that each person creates his/her respective reality.
Today, painting is still at its developmental stage as a means to satisfy the fundamental impulses of the mankind, and as an ever-faster recording mediumfor what happens in the world from the past to the present.
Paintings have ‘frames.’And the fact that our perception is limited also tells us that we are inhabitants inside the ‘frame.’ Our quest is nothing but to keep on this ‘sekai’ inside this tiny frame, using the clues of the things that contain ‘ambivalence.’
New Paintings from Kyoto, Kaoru Usukubo and Daisuke Ohba’s first exhibition together in the Loock Galerie features new works by the Japanese artists. Drawing inspiration from the myth of Enki and Enlil, Sumerian gods responsible for the creation and attempted annihilation of all human beings, Usukubo and Ohba endeavour to understand the world (‘sekai’) around them and to articulate this through their distinct painterly practices. In doing so, they make known that they, as we all do, see and experience the world in different ways. Influenced by Japanese Anime, Usukubo photographs her subjects – children, animals, and readymade objects transformed into sculptures by the artist – and then alters the photographs using graphic editors, such as Photoshop.The resulting images are then used by Usukubo as a reference point, at once facilitating her movement between the screen and canvas and allowing her to create surreal and hyper-realistic paintings.
Distinct from Usukubo, Ohba produces abstract paintings using acrylic and iridescent pearl paint, platinum foil, and iron meteorite. The artist layers and scrapes thesemmaterials on linen and panel, creating the illusion of depth and encouraging the reflection of light to shift in relation to both the viewer’s movement and proximity to Ohba’s paintings. This is the fifth time that Usukubo exhibits her paintings in the Loock Galerie. It is the first time, however, that Ohba presents his work not only in the Loock Galerie, but also beside that of Usukubo, his life partner.
Kaoru Usukubo was born in Tochigi in 1981. She received her bachelor’s degree in Painting from the Tokyo Zokei University in 2004, MFA in Painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2007, and PhD in Oil Painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows around the world, including in Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Usukubo was awarded the ZOKEI Prize from the Tokyo Zokei University in 2004 and the Teikyo University Purchase Prize from the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, in 2007. Her paintings can be found in the collections of the GREEN (Akita) and the Sato Museum of Art (Tokyo).
Daisuke Ohba was born in Shizuoka in 1981. He received degrees in Fine Art and Painting from the Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2005 and the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2007. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. His work can be found in the Pigozzi Collection (New York), the SHIZUOKA Prefectural Museum of Art (Shizuoka), and the Long Museum (Shanghai), among other important collections.