ITOMARISM : Kaleidoscope

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 to Saturday, 1 December 2018
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Thursday, 18 October 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

ITOMARISM : Kaleidoscope

Opening Reception: October 18, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – December 1, 2018

 

September 12, 2018 (New York, NY) – JanKossen Contemporary is proud to present ITOMARISM : Kaleidoscope, an exhibition by Japanese contemporary artist Mari Ito. ITOMARISM : Kaleidoscope is the artists first exhibition in New York and will be on view from October 18, 2018 to December 1, 2018 with an opening reception on October 18 from 6-8pm.

 

Japanese artist Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980), who has been living in Barcelona since 2006, studied traditional Japanese painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Mari Ito’s oeuvre is based on Animism, which finds it’s expression in long standing Japanese techniques. Much like how the Anthropocene deals with the planet after humans, Mari Ito’s organic alien plants that have been affected by yet continue to grow independently from humanity; Animalism is a post modern philosophical branch which posits that humans are simply animals, and deals with our place in the world when we stop thinking of humans as a force in control of nature. Ito invites us to reflect on the origins of desire, on our most irrational and personal impulses.

The Id or "das Es" (as Sigmund Freud would say) split off from the ego and the superego is the psychic —therefore the purest and most primitive— expression of our drives and aspirations. Ito's delicately formed creations come to life as they unfold into themselves, permanently striving to make their way towards awareness in their on-going search for the root of desire, whatever its nature. Completely opposed forces that actually complement and react to one another are interpreted by Ito in the same way, for they have the same value and form a duality that exists in natural harmony. The Romantics pioneered the concept of the sublime, of humanity needing to succumb to the awesome force of nature, normally shown with a small figure, or a person with their back turned towards the viewer, engulfed by their environment. Ito has completely excluded the figure, leaving only a representation of our base desires through personified flora.

Tokyo's Zeit-Foto Salon gallery represents Ito in Japan, alongside other artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Yuki Onodera and Daido Moriyama, while in Spain she has been working with Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d'Art since 2012. Ito’s motif centers upon her childhood memories and experiences, those of loud colors combined with her studies in

 

 

About JanKossen Contemporary

 

JanKossen Contemporary, founded in 2009, is an international contemporary art gallery representing artists working across multiple disciplines. Its principal focus is working with artists from various countries whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, and large scale installation. The gallery operates in Basel, Switzerland; New York, NY; and will open a new exhibition space in Hong Kong in soon.

 

For press inquiries or general information, please contact the gallery office at admin@jankossen.com or call at 631-903-5564. 

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Mari Ito (Japan/Spain) first solo show in the United States. Japanese artist Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980), who has been living in Barcelona since 2006, studied traditional Japanese painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. In conceptual terms, her oeuvre is based on animism, which finds its expression in long standing Japanese techniques. Ito invites us to reflect on the origins of desire, on our most irrational and personal impulses. The Id or "das Es" (as Sigmund Freud would say) split off from the ego and the superego is the psychic —therefore the purest and most primitive— expression of our drives and aspirations. Ito's delicately formed creations come to life as they unfold into themselves, permanently striving to make their way towards awareness in their on-going search for the root of desire, whatever its nature. Completely opposed forces that actually complement and react to one another are interpreted by Ito in the same way, for they have the same value and form a duality that exists in natural harmony. Tokyo's Zeit-Foto Salon gallery represents Ito in Japan, alongside other artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Yuki Onodera and Daido Moriyama, while in Spain she has been working with Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d'Art since 2012.

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