Private View: Thursday 13th July 2017, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: 13th July - 15th July 2017, 12-6pm
image: Usacchi and Mikado-chan, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 150x150cm ©Aya Ito / Atsushi Kaga Courtesy the artists, Koyama Art Projects, Mother's Tankstation Limited
Instagram for exhibition - @ithappenstobe
"It happens to be" is an exhibition by Aya Ito and Atsushi Kaga.
This exhibition consists of collaborative paintings and some individual works by Ito. When creating these collaborative works, the two artists drew one picture. Kaga developed narrative in the paintings drawn by Ito and Ito added a sense of winding space within the paintings drawn by Kaga.
Ito was born in Wakayama, Japan in 1987.
She lives and works in Dublin.
She received an M.F.A. from Kyoto City University of Arts, Graduate School of Art in 2011.
She participated in “Really Realistic Reality” at the Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama in 2015.
The methodology employed for this exhibition derives from Ito's original process of creation. She first sets her own canvas paintings, paper drawings, sculptures, fabric and furniture in a room, creating her own diorama. Sometimes the size exceeds 5 meters in width, height and depth. Ito steps into the world of her diorama, and by taking photographs she discovers unexpected compositions, angles and visual effects. She later moves on to creating the actual painting, working from the photographs she has taken.
Aya Ito is represented by Koyama Artprojects. KOYAMAARTPROJECTS.COM/EN/ARTISTS/AYA-ITO
Kaga lives and works in Dublin.
He graduated from National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2005.
He employs images that represents his own cultural background, namely Japanese comic. He also uses Japanese comic storytelling to create an alternative world, where the characters face with everyday issues and troubles that there is no answer to in the real world.
Kaga expresses a profound sense of alienation, solitude and humour. He illustrates little tales and speaks of the mythologies of everyday life, revealing existential situations, human vulnerability and weakness.
Atsushi Kaga is represented by Mother's Tankstation Limited. www.motherstankstation.com/artist/atsushi-kaga/
Photography: All images courtesy of the artists.