Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito

19 Goulston St London

From Thursday, September 6 2018 until Thursday, November 22 2018

Private Viewing and Reception:  6th September  6pm-9pm

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is pleased to announce a joint exhibition by contemporary Japanese artists Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito.

The two independent artists started collaborating in 2000, and their works will be exhibited together for the first time in London. Curated by Hikotaro Kanehira, the exhibition will comprise works recently created in their Kyoto studios as well as those produced within the gallery space for the duration of August. The poetic show will centre around paintings, embroidery, small objects and video installations with the artists incorporating found objects from various London locations.

About the exhibition

The artists' works have references from both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Geometric forms and vibrant colours are recurring themes in Aoki’s work. The artist is often inspired by the natural world, plants, and animals as well as depicting fragments of everyday life. Installation is an essential part of her work, which is tailored to each exhibition so that the drawings and other media come together to form a collection. Her body of work often consists of things beyond her own creations, such as found objects or works by other people that interest her, which when brought together, adopt a greater meaning.

Ito creates using a range of media, resulting in embroidered drawings, modeling pictures, or hand-made cord drawings. The artist's choice of hard-to-manipulate media means he can never entirely be in control of his creative process, and the end result is not always what he would have expected originally. The rough, energetic lines flow from paper to fabric to screen with engaging sensitivity, infusing into the body of work a sense of serenity in which time appears to be suspended.

The two artists’ works fuse and produce synergy with depth and complexity. The exhibition will touch on the issues of psychological development and the character-building process of young children, making quiet reference and homage to the child psychology analysis based on the essays by Kiyoshi Oka, a well-known Japanese mathematician.

Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery and Take Ninagawa.