Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is pleased to announce a joint exhibition by Japanese artists Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito.

Curated by Hikotaro Kanehira, the exhibition will feature works recently created by Aoki and Ito in their Kyoto studios, as well as new pieces produced within the gallery space in August. The exhibition will bring together paintings, embroidery, small objects and video installations along with found objects from various London locations.

Aoki and Ito have been collaborating since 2000. Their work is informed by both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Geometric forms and vibrant colours are recurring themes in Aoki’s work. The artist is often inspired by the natural world, plants and animals as well as fragments of everyday life assembled in installations that are shaped by each of her exhibitions.

Ito uses a wide range of media taking the form of embroidered drawings, modelling pictures, or hand-made cord drawings. The artist’s choice of hard-to-manipulate media means he can never entirely be in control of his creative process, and the end result is not always what he would have expected originally. The rough, energetic lines flow from paper to fabric to screen with engaging sensitivity, infusing into his body of work a sense of serenity in which time appears to be suspended.

The two artists’ works fuse and produce synergy with depth and complexity. The exhibition will touch on the issues of psychological development and the character-building process of young children, making quiet references and paying homage to child psychology analysis based on essays by Kiyoshi Oka, a well-known Japanese mathematician.

Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito
7th September – 22nd November 2018

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
19 Goulston St
London E1 7TP

Featured image: Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito, Ways of Worldmaking (2011). Installation view, National Museum of Art, Osaka.

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