Organized by ARTPLAT ＆ ANA InterContinental Tokyo
June 9th, 2023（Fri）~ September 10th, 2023（Mon）
Art Gallery on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Floor
Opening reception on June 13th (Tue) 18:00 to 20:00
Special thanks to YKG (Yutaka Kikutake Gallery)
ARTPLAT (“ART PLATFORM TOKYO”) proudly presents a two-person exhibition “Lines of Innervisions” featuring Bo Yang and Ayano Suzuki curated by Dexter Wimberly.
Yang Bo’s paintings emerge from a place of intimacy, with a deep connection to the artist’s interest in pop culture, specifically music. The relationship between painting and music is a rich and complex one, rooted in the human desire to express emotions and experiences through creative means. Despite their distinct mediums and sensory experiences, painting and music share a profound connection that transcends their individual boundaries. For Yang, the lyrics of songs, their underlying concepts, and themes serve as source material for his own visual explorations.
Painting and music often intersect in the realm of abstraction. Both art forms have explored non-representational concepts, allowing artists and musicians to delve into the realm of pure expression. However, through portraits, landscapes, and familiar personal objects, Yang taps into the emotional fibers that connect us all. At their core, both painting and music are forms of artistic expression that communicate thoughts, feelings, and narratives. Yang creates paintings that reflect the love, joy, melancholy, and conflict that endlessly commingle in the world.
Upon first encounter with Ayano Suzuki’s paintings, you are struck by their dynamic colors and deceptive simplicity. However, the playfulness in Suzuki’s motifs is offset by their skillful execution. Her sense of space and scale result in paintings that vibrate with youthful intensity. Suzuki’s technique of using both oil and acrylic paint results in a compelling, three-dimensional effect; oil paint creates thickness, while acrylic paint creates depth.
Suzuki thinks of the canvas as a tool for painting, rather than as the painting itself. Her works are composed of simple lines that often leave no traces of her brushstrokes. When brushstrokes vanish, a painting becomes a vessel for collective interpretation and reflection. It transcends the individual, inviting viewers to connect with the work on a personal level, unencumbered by the artist’s subjective perspective. When brushwork is concealed, our attention shifts to the underlying techniques and concepts employed. The meticulous layering of paint, the delicate balance of light and shadow, and the choice of colors become subjects of contemplation.
– Dexter Wimberly, Curator