YUKA KASHIHARA

“Sky-Eye Weaver”

Tracking Light Ⅰ 追いかける光 Ⅰ 2016 tempera and oil on canvas 160 × 120 cm  ©Yuka Kashihara

Yuka Kashihara uses oil paint applied in a thinly diffuse manner similar to that of Japanese nihonga painting, and by applying it in numerous layers she is able to create a unique depth of color. Within the world of her artworks, scenes from both reality and the spaces of the internal imagination are gently interwoven. Against this backdrop, having left Japan and moved to Germany where she continued developing her practice, Kashihara acquired an interest in the 'distance' between the internal and the external. This included the physical distance between Japan and Germany; and further, the distance herself as a Japanese person and herself while in Germany. This becomes expressed symbolically as an introspective speculation in the forms of the motifs of caves, holes, mountains and lakes which she repeatedly takes up within her work, and through this process of sublimation it is as though the original energies which lie dormant within the great Earth have become awakened. The 'Sky-Eye' of this exhibition's title essentially takes on the meanings of 'the act of seeing what does not exist there, and yet recognizing its existence,' and of 'making the pretense of not seeing things which are seen in actuality'. As for the 'Sky-Eye Weaver', this is the figure which comes to weave together into the scenes within her oil paintings both spatio-temporal awareness and everyday occurrences, and which at once seem to transcend the bounds of memory whilst also seeming not to exceed it. Kashihara's practice amounts to a neologism in itself, symbolically expressing her uniquely individual perspective.For this, her fourth solo exhibition with Tomio Koyama Gallery, we invite you to witness the artistic world of Yuka Kashihara, over-brimming with life force, within which exists both a transparency and a unique depth of intensity.

I was together with someone once, looking at a particular sight, and what that person saw and what I saw were two different things.
My work is about continually searching for and seeking make up those gaps, or slippages, in the openings of such intervals in perception.
Pursuing the light. Loitering within the cracks and crevices.
I once read in a book that, ‘When looking for stars in the night sky, you cannot look straight ahead. If you chase it as if you are going to capture the very tip of your vision, the light increases remarkably in its brilliance.’
Chasing stars is a little like the act of painting.
Place, time and distance, all these various differing locations cut across the various small minor occurrences and memories that lay within me. And then, at the moment when a new scene comes into sight, I felt only slightly as though I had come closer to the world.
Quietly pursuing the ever-shifting gaps that accumulate atop one another in layers as if onecannot ever totally grasp them.
Steadily digging a hole ever deeper and deeper, until before I realize it I have reached the outside world.
The layers in time, gaps in light, and distances in memory accumulate in the existence that I have been chasing yet should also lie within myself. (Yuka Kashihara)

Yuka Kashihara was born in 1980 in Hiroshima Prefecture. In 2006 she graduated from the Japanese Painting of Musashino Art University. In the same year she moved to Germany, and in 2013 she acquired a Diploma from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. In 2015, she was named a Meisterschüler (Masters graduate) of the same academy, studying under Professor Annette Schröter. In 2008 she exhibited at the Bauhuas Dessau Foundation in Shakkei (“borrowed scenery”), a solo show curated by research scholar Torsten Blume of the same Foundation, and in 2012 she exhibited in VOCA, Tokyo, where she received both the Honourable Mention Award and the Ohara Museum of Art Award. She has previously held exhibitions with Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Other Exhibition:
Yuka Kashihara "First Island – Last Mountain"
6th September – 27th November 2016
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
For more informations, please visit the following link. http://www.ohara.or.jp/200707/eng/menu.html

Artist Profile

柏原由佳

柏原由佳は1980年広島県生まれ。2006年に武蔵野美術大学造形学部日本画学科を卒業し、渡独。2012年にはVOCA展に出展、佳作賞と大原美術館賞を受賞しています。同年、ポーラ美術振興財団在外研修員としてドイツにて研修。ライプツィヒ視覚芸術アカデミーを2013年に卒業し、2015年同アカデミーマイスターシューラーを取得しました(Annette Schröter教授に師事)。現在、ドイツ、ベルリンを拠点に制作活動を行なっています。

主な個展に、「借景」(バウハウス・デッサウ財団研究員Torsten Blumeによるキュレーション、バウハウス・デッサウ、ドイツ、2008年)、「最初の島 再後の山」(大原美術館、岡山、2016年)などがあり、小山登美夫ギャラリーでは2011年、2012年、2013年、2016年、2019年と5度の個展が開催されました。

柏原由佳は、透明性と濃密さが共存した、生命力溢れる独特な作品世界をつくりあげています。
彼女の絵画制作は、西洋の伝統的な古典絵画技法に基づき、半油性下地を独自の配合で混ぜ合わせてキャンバスに塗りこむ作業からはじまります。そこでできあがったオリジナルのキャンバスの上に、油絵の具を日本画のように薄く溶き、同時にテンペラ絵具も用いながら描いて独特な深い色彩を表現するのです。

柏原の作品には、現実の景色と内なる想像の空間がゆるやかに編み込まれて存在します。その背景には、日本を離れ渡独して制作を続ける彼女の、内と外の「距離」への興味が介在しているといえるでしょう。ドイツと日本の物理的な距離、それぞれの文化間での精神的な距離、また日本人としての自分と、ドイツにいる自分との距離。それは彼女が作品で繰り返し取り上げる洞窟、穴、山、湖といったモチーフを、内省的な思索をシンボリックにあらわすものへと昇華し、大地にひそむ根源的な自然のエネルギーをも喚起させています。

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