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Online Exibition "The night falls" Concepts

(English) Now I am holding the above.

momokei Online Solo Exhibition "The night falls" Https://

2020. Aug.1 - Aug.31

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The following is an explanation of the concept and structure of this exhibition.

JCAT (New York gallery team) asked me to do an exhibition in June 2020.

Since then I have created 7 new works.

At that time, the first wave of the new coronavirus (CO-VID 19) was coming to Japan, and we Japanese was asked by the government and prefectural government to stay home. So I spent my days living at home with my family.

I now live in a city.

I can get a lot of things quickly, but everything in the environment - buildings, streets, etc. - is very well-defined.

There is a lot of planting, but not a lot of nature.

At night, I can't see much of the stars due to the strong city lights.

Now that I am not able to go out more than usual, I have become more aesthetically pleasing to the places I usually see.

I think I have come to appreciate the beauty and excitement in the ordinary things around me that I used to take for granted.

Also, my longing for a distant, spacious place became stronger. My desire for a vast, starry night sky, rather than the bright night sky of the city, became stronger.

In this exhibition, I use fountain pen inks to create a background based on the vast night sky, interspersed with small things that I love and want to cherish.

The particular events of the production period - the whole society's response to the new coronavirus, the Black LIves Matter movement in the US - had an impact on my work.

My two black works are based on the memorial for Mr. George Floyd, who was murdered by a white police officer, and others who have suffered similar racial persecution in the past.

This time, all of the pieces have been bleached with a sodium hypochlorite solution, known for its use in killing viruses. I like the moment when a material, such as fountain pen ink, sublimates into art by using it in a way it wasn't intended to be used.

In the two black works, the combination of Japanese fountain pen ink "Chiku Tan (means bamboo charcoal) " and this solution is used to express a color close to the skin tone of black people.

Seven of the works in this exhibition are linked to each other as "One Night Drowsing Away".

I hope you will enjoy the gradation of a long and beautiful night, beginning with the twilight to welcome the sun goddess and ending at dusk when the dignity of a human being shines through.

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