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.
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!
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.
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.
Her subtle brush lines shown on the works were made by repeating fine lines of ink.
This particular painting has some other, strange haptic areas, too.
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.
This last painting is my favorite. Surreal robot-flower-eater….. Congratulations to the artist!