Robert Kushner: “A Mist of Unknowing”
April 4 – 30, 2018
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Shibuya Hikarie 8F, Tokyo, Japan
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 4, 6pm – 8pm / Artist talk: 7pm
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present “Mist of Unknowing”, a solo show by an American contemporary artist, Robert Kushner.
Robert Kushner has gained much international recognition as one of the leading figures of the Pattern and Decoration Movement that began in New York in the late 1970s. He has established his idiosyncratic world where an aesthetic sense of West and East overlaps through the influences from European textiles, Fauvism’s freewheeling line which is exemplified by Henri Matisse, as well as Rinpa’s decorativeness. Kushner’s work combines rich colors with botanical forms depicted through freely painted organic lines, and abstracted geometric forms. His work harbors a deeply sensitive compassion toward living things amidst the bold and bright colors that tenaciously entice the viewer.
This exhibition features the artist’s recent works since 2010, which include botanical drawings on collages comprising pages from 19th Century lady’s magazines, dictionaries and Japanese woodblock books. The flowers and leaves upon these nostalgic materials, invite us to a timeless mist of unknowing.