Kumi Machida’s ink paintings

Amongst everything else, Kumi Machida’s ink paintings were what really struck me when spending a few hours at MOT, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo today. This museum is currently hosting two exhibitions until March 26th 2006 and I can recommend them both: the MOT Annual 2006 “No Border” exhibition introducing contemporary Japanese artists with this year’s theme Nihonga – traditional Japanese painting.

Kumi Machida: party night

The other exhibition worth visiting is called Positioning – about the New Reality of European Art from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. That one surprised me with a lot of humor and it’s critical viewpoint about Europe, the capitalist jungle seen from the eyes of “New Europeans”. Interesting!!

But back to our Japanese paintings!

Kumi Machida: Summer Days, eye detail

I was very impressed by the clearness of the lines of Kumi Machida’s paintings. Very carefully and finely drawn and yet in bold contrast between the black ink and the light colored paper.

Kumi Machida: Summer Days

I love her titles, too. This one is called Summer Days and just by knowing that, you realize that it’s an ice cream stick in the kid’s mouth.


Kumi Machida: girl detail

Kumi Machida: girl

This was a drawing revealing how many times she repeats and erases line after line to find the perfect one. Impressive.

Her Japanese motifs and style of painting make you think you went back in time first. Then twisted details of our present time come in and create this feeling of disorder and anxiety.

Kumi Machida: Authority

Her subtle brush lines shown on the works were made by repeating fine lines of ink.

Kumi Machida: It happened just like that, detail

This particular painting has some other, strange haptic areas, too.

Kumi Machida: It happened just like that

Kumi Machida: coming home

Kumi Machida – I thought this one was a bit scary….

This painting on the left, Coming Home is the perfect fusion of this very old style of painting placed in a contemporary, everyday environment.

Kumi Machida – well…..

This last painting is my favorite. Surreal robot-flower-eater….. Congratulations to the artist!

Kumi Machida – this flower eater is my favorite one!
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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/felinefei/ Fei

    Such Beautiful artwork! it gives me a very fresh feeling. Fantastic!

  • http://itadakimazu.blogspot.com/ benoit

    I also warmly recommend these exhibitions. The paintings of Machida are really impressive but you must see them by your eyes to discover all the details. Other japanese artists in the no border exhibition are also really impressive.

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  • Anonymous

    This is a very good show of Asian Style. The soft colours and the images with a full sense of imagination, reality and expressions. So much recommended of course -

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    wow! thats a very unique style! quite like thangka but more graphic and abstract in nature

  • chocomerry

    it makes me feel weird.

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  • http://024somewheretobegin012.spaces.live.com/ pang chew min

    love this kind of modern art.

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  • ann mai roge

    I met Kumi in denmark in spring this year – That experience is unforgettable – I can’t find any words big enough.. Her art works fascinate me. She’s a woman of few english words but we did understand each other through our art work and how suspicious it may sounds I were deeply moved after the meeting and I believe she was feeling the same. Hopefully Ill get the chance to see her work again soon > strongly recommended

  • Pam

    her upcoming exhibition in Hannover 2008
    http://www.kestner.org/de/

  • Pam

    her upcoming exhibition
    http://www.kestner.org/de/

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  • Anonymous

    That child one with his nob out is quite sick, exremely irrelevant and pretty crap aswell, but other then that, good art

  • mmmmmm

    no….not cool.

  • yang j

    i love it

  • http://raghavendrakamath.blogspot.com/ Raghavendra

    great lines

  • Boring rubbish

    I’m also impressed! But I’m impressed by how stupid and purile this so-called ‘art’ is and how people find anything noteworthy about it. I’m impressed at how shallow some people can be. Example “I was very impressed by the clearness of the lines…” Oh please!!

  • Alex-K

    When I actually had a chance to see the real painting, I was very surprised. Great artwork! These photos doesn’t do her painting justice. You really have to see some things to understand..

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