Projects | Roppongi
October 26 (Sat) - November 23 (Sat), 2019
Open : Tuesday - Sunday 12pm - 7pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday
GALLERY MoMo Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Waka Yoshida entitled Gently from Saturday, October 26th through Saturday, November 23rd.
Yoshida creates both paintings and sculptures with her imaginations using motifs such as stratums, dinosaurs, maps and the things that we are not able to see in real life. She got inspiration from educational materials such as models and samples related to natural history when she was in a high school for teaching practice. Through the experience, her works provoke nostalgia for these teaching materials and bring feelings of familiarity with her approaches toward stratums or dinosaurs that many people would be interested in their childhood.
In the solo exhibition in 2016, Yoshida set up the show with Kisuiiki as a theme. Kisuiiki translates the brackish-water region in English that is the area mixing of seawater and freshwater. Yoshida employs this word for the borders of indefinite worlds between such as this life and afterlife, past and future, and child and adult. Yosida attempted to present her imaginary world where are no political conflicts, no religious conflicts, and a collision of different cultures.
Yoshida maintains the approach and tried to make an exhibition like a shelter from the real world where many tragedies happen and a lot of issues never solve in the last exhibition. It seems like an accumulation of her favorite things and her museum, however, the works that reflect her paradise views invite the viewers to another world. While we are in the space of her exhibition, we might be able to forget individual issues and dark news. The more the real world is pessimistic, the more the world Yoshida created in the exhibition emphasizes the unreal. Even though it is far from the real world, the paradise of Yoshida attracts many views.
In this show, Yoshida develops her images of paradise more specific. She said that she likes places where she could sleep very well such as the oasis, shelter, Kisuiiki, and hot springs in the daytime.
Waka Yoshida was born in 1983 in Iwate prefecture, Japan. After completed her B.A.at the faculty of Education at Saitama University, Yoshida had studied at the Setsu Mode Seminar and finished the course in 2008. While she has built her career as an artist, Yoshida also has worked as a member of Gazoku that is a creator assemblage by thirteen artists and creators. The artist was selected at Tokyo Wander Wall in 2008 and the 17th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2014.
I move my wrist gently. I use my head gently.
As if I make the pickles by talking to them to be delicious and as if I grow the plants by talking to them to be beautiful, I talk my self to be gentle.
I move my wrist gently. I use my head gently. As if I make the pickles by talking to them to be delicious and as if I grow the plants by talking to them to be beautiful, I talk my self to be gentle.