TOMOKO KONOIKE – EARTHSHINE

When 5 Sep 2013 - 26 Oct 2013
Where GALLERY WENDI NORRIS
161 JESSIE STREET [at NEW MONTGOMERY]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105
United States

Tomoko Konoike, Donning Animal Skins and Braided Grass, 2011, mixed media (mirror, wood, Styrofoam, aluminum, etc.), 125 x 22 x 46 in

September 5 – October 26 2013

Press Release:

Tomoko Konoike’s exhibition “Earthshine” will include sculpture, drawings, an animation, and a painted “byobu”, a traditional Japanese papered folding screen, believed in ancient times to protect people against invisible threats from other realms. Frequently using her own likeness, Tomoko invites viewers into her own idiosyncratic world, conceived of as an “auto-cosm”, a dreamy internal dimension that accesses transcendental myths and perhaps the collective unconscious. At turns adorable, treacherous, and sublime, her imagery depicts irrational narratives of transformation that blur the distinctions between humans, animals, objects, and the landscape itself. Wolves, now extinct in her native Japan, figure prominently in many works, rendered with a technical skill and beauty that belies their innate capacity for violence. Recent works also respond to Japan’s March 11 disaster, exploring themes of development, death, and decay. This will be Tomoko’s first exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris.

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