NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Stepping back to seek the underneath 2014 pen, sumi (Japanese ink), watercolor on paper 36.6 x 28.9 cm ©YAMAGUCHI Akira, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

Stepping back to seek the underneath, 2014, Pen, sumi (Japanese ink), watercolor on paper, 36.6 x 28.9 cm © Akira Yamaguchi, Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery

From February 21st, the solo exhibition of Akira Yamaguchi “Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath” will start at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito. He is known for depicting figures, buildings and other motifs with exquisitely detailed brushwork reminiscent of the style of ukiyo-e or yamato-e. His works are exceptionally highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.

The exhibition’s title, ‘Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath’, expresses Yamaguchi’s unique perspective on both art and philosophy of life, while also evoking the composition of the exhibition itself: revealing the world of his art room by room, and hinting at the creation of his epic masterworks. As you stroll through the space, you feel that you have caught a glimpse of the artist’s thinking process.

You could experience the world of Yamaguchi Akira, overflowing with subtle wit which blends the present and the past, the ordinary and the extraordinary, into a perfect whole.

Akira Yamaguchi “Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath”
Date: February 21st – May 17th, 2015
Open: 9:30 – 18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Place: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Address: 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito, Ibaraki
Admission: 800 yen
Tel: +81 (0)29 227 8111

Text: Aya Shomura

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