Ryogoku

Indirect

Yu Ichino|Chika Osaka | Dawoon jung

Viewing Room

January 23 (Sat) - February 20 (Sat), 20201

Open : Tuesday - Saturday  11am - 7pm / Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday

GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled “Indirect.” This exhibition features three artists who use techniques of prints and consider the indirect process as important: Yu Ichino, Chika Osaka, and Dawoon Jung. Showing those three artists who employ different techniques with variety expressions within a larger context of printing, we attempt to figure the common part out in three artists who have unique points of views.

 

In Japan, many artists create lithographs with aluminum plates, but Ichino has created her lithograph works with stone. It’s because not only she is good at using the stone, but also she selects the motifs that have meaning to depict by stone lithograph. By drawing the motifs that could bring the feeling of eternal time in nature and the memories and pressing them by the large stone that has accumulated over the years, Ichino tries to establish the time in her works.

It can suggest not only from her signature works used the motifs of mountains and the seas but also from the Photograph series, that is blurred a photo found in an old album with ink. In this exhibition, we will show the past works of those and the latest works.

Osaka was inspired by the stage arts that she was involved in when she was a student. She has attempted to create an ensemble cast through an exhibition to express the reality in fiction using the motif of the texts she created as a script.  People in her paintings are actors, and the installation fits the theme is the stage set.

According to the artist, there is no big difference between paintings and prints, but the humor and women with irony she describes in her works remind us to caricature that is the origin of the print and Ukiyo-e that was familiar with people.

Even when she got stuck on the concept and content of the works when she was in the university, she said printmaking helped her to forget about her worries by keeping moving her hands for the purpose of acquiring skills. For Osaka, it’s still a technique that allows her to take on new challenges. We will show her new print works that she learned new techniques at a printmaking laboratory, Kawalabo!   

 

Jung has developed his “delusion” as the motifs and employed the technique of the monochrome etching to connect the “delusion” and “reality.” As Jung himself says that the models in the works are between every day and extraordinary, at the same time, they are dreams. Expressing the world of modern anxiety, loneliness, and hope, the world of his works is more like a scene from a movie or story than a real scene. Not like the paintings that directly put the paints to the canvas, the process of printmaking takes more steps such as drawing, engraving, and printing. Sometimes, this inconvenient process makes the artist have distance from the works. This distance from the works by doing the same process repeatedly is an important element in his works to visualize his own complex inner world. Jung continues to explore his art while clearing the purpose of his creativity.  We are going to exhibit his large-scaled monochrome etching and water colored monotype.

In the art industry of today, print works play a role as an alternative to paintings by established artists. However, we would like to spotlight these three artists who have considered what printmaking is and the indirect process is important.