YOKO KAWAMOTO

PEOPLEText: Mariko Takei

Yoko Kawamoto
Yoko Kawamoto, Untitled, Oil on canvas, 652 × 409 mm, 2006, Courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA UNDERGROUND

“I take pictures of a fine day to paint” says Yoko Kawamoto. The various landscapes that are captured in her distinct viewpoint evoke nostalgia in the viewer as you dig buried sceneries from past memories. Something unnoticed and quietly nestled in the edge of memory somehow make an impact on the viewers’ memories as a curious presence. As you notice, she adds “there is no meaning and no story to the paintings.” As she captures and paints “deserted scenery” and “landscapes that are just there,” her works are explored in front of your eyes just as they are.

Yoko Kawamoto
Yoko Kawamoto, ELEPHANT, Oil on canvas, 318×410mm, 1999, Courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA UNDERGROUND

Inspired by Yoko’s continuous career started through self-education and her pure enthusiasm to her works, Mr. Nanzuka of NANZUKA UNDERGROUND decided to hold her exhibition. Mr. Nanzuka gave us a comment on her solo exhibition “for the present”.
“As the title of the exhibition “for the present” represents her world, she prefers to select ‘unintentional scenery’ for her work. In her paintings, there is a magical fascination which would stop viewers time. Please come by and see her actual works.”

The limited edition of her book “YOKO KAWAMOTO” is now on sale released from TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS.

Yoko Kawamoto Solo Exhibition “for the present”
Date: May 16th – June 13th, 2009
Open: 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sun, Mon, Holidays)
Place: NANZUKA UNDERGROUND
Address: Shirokane Art Complex #2F, 3-1-15 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-6459-3130
Entrance: Free
http://www.nug.jp

Text: Mariko Takei

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