Yasue Kodama: Deep Rhyme - whiteout

21 May 2016 – 26 Jun 2016

Event times

12:00 - 20:00
Closed on Mondays

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Tokyo, Japan


Travel Information

  • Hibiya metro line - Ebisu
  • JR line - Ebisu

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With this series, Yasue Kodama depicts sceneries discovered in the winter woods of her neighborhood in Kyoto, and in Takarazuka, where she teaches art.


The series captures the moment when snow suddenly starts falling and covers everything around, blurring the vision. All sense of direction is then lost. There is neither ground nor sky; only whiteness, and shadows of the surrounding nature.
For each category of work, Kodama has a particular creative process, consisting of several stages. When painting, the artist first draws bright colored motives on the canvas, then carefully applies several layers of highly diluted paint that react with the original motifs, making their lines stand out from the background. She thus obtains the slight impression of depth noticeable in her paintings. For her drawings, Kodama uses a similar technique: after drawing very delicately with charcoal, she evenly covers the surface of the work with several shallow layers of watercolors, and applies a final touch by adding pearl powder to the piece.
In both cases, Kodama works horizontally rather than on an easel, which enables her complex accumulation of paint layers to fix neatly on canvas or paper.
While working, the artist always goes back and forth between her memory of the scene she’s painting, and her state of mind and sensations at the time of witnessing that particular scene.
This exhibition will present six of Yasue Kodama’s paintings, as well as two of her works on paper.

Born in Kobe, in 1961, Yasue Kodama graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1894. After completing the Master Program of the same university in 1986, Kodama began her artistic career with her still lifes. In the 1990’s, she transitioned into producing abstract works of memorable strokes of color made with bold gestures upon white background. Since 2000, the artist works on abstract figurative paintings, depicting motifs founds in nature.
This exhibition is a sequel to the former exhibition “Deep Rhyme – the note of water”, 2014, centered on water in its different forms found in the nature. Yasue Kodama lives and works in Kyoto. 

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