Iba Yasuko “Paintings”

Iba Yasuko “Paintings” 2012
Installation view at MISA SHIN GALLERY
Photo: Keizo Kioku

Iba Yasuko “Paintings” 2012
Installation view at MISA SHIN GALLERY
Photo: Keizo Kioku


Iba Yasuko 伊庭靖子
Paintings
Date:Friday June 1 – Saturday July 14, 2012

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Iba is a painter known for works which appeal to the viewer’s five senses by teasing out on canvas the texture, light and physical presence in space of everyday objects like cushions and tableware.

Born in 1967 in Kyoto, Iba began working as painter in the early 1990’s. A unifying thread in her work has been a process in which she takes photographs of everyday physical objects, enlarging them, and converting these works into pictures upon canvas. At first glance, they look extremely real. Upon closer inspection however, abstract elements like blurred edges come to the fore, and there are even turns of the brush on the surface of the canvas that reveal where the artist seems to have struggled with the work.

The upcoming show, her first solo exhibition at MISA SHIN GALLERY, represents a bold new departure for Iba, who had expressed the desire to paint landscapes. The seven new oil paintings that form the main attraction of the exhibition, use her crockery motif to experiment with a new kind of visual expression. Her new method blurs the outlines of the patterns we have seen her paint up until now, and teases out the light to make it more prominent, causing us to feel as if it almost had been pasted on.

Iba refers to Shunso Hishida (an innovative painter of the Meiji Era) and his approach to painting landscape: “In Hishida’s Rakuyo (literally, “fallen leaves”), we are moved by the depth and distance we discover in a completely blank part of the picture in which nothing is actually drawn. We are drawn in by the sight of the interwoven trees covered in moss, and the feeling that these actually exist someplace other than just within the painting. I myself want to articulate textures and a sense of space based on the patterns and light that are used as elements when one puts together a landscape painting.”

When we talk about appreciating the charm of a piece of ceramics or a vessel in Japanese, we use the word keshiki (“scenery” or “vista”). In Iba’s new works, the surface seen through the glaze becomes ambiguous through the light reflected off of it, giving us the feeling that we can actually discern some place between the “scenery” that is near to us, as opposed to that which is further away.

This directly appeals not only to the way we have heretofore looked at things, but it also becomes an encouragement to more actively delve into the picture in front of us.

Iba Yasuko
Kyoto Saga University of Arts, postgraduate degree in print. Lived and worked in Monflaquin, France in 1999 on a scholarship from Art Scope Daimier Chrysler Japan; and in New York 2001-02 on the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Oversees Study Abroad Program for Artists. She has exhibited extensively, including a solo show in at the Museum of Art Kamakura (2009), and at the National Art Center Tokyo’s Domani group show (2009). Her work is part of many public collections, such as at places like The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura; Shiseido Art House; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

伊庭は、クッションや陶器など、日常のオブジェクトの持つ質感や光、空気を、絵画上に引き出すことで、観る者の五感に訴える作品で知られるアーティストです。
1967年、京都に生まれ、1990年代前半から、画家としての活動を始めた伊庭は、一貫して、日常的な対象物を写真で撮影し、それを拡大して、キャンバスに転換するという手法で絵画を制作してきました。その作品は、一見、非常にリアルに見えますが、近寄ると輪郭はぼやけ、アブストラクトな様相をも呈し、キャンバスの表面にはアーティストが作品と格闘したであろう痕跡としてのブラシさえ残っています。

今回、MISA SHIN GALLERYでの初の個展となる本展は、「風景」を描きたいという伊庭の、新しい境地への挑戦です。新作の油彩7点を含む本展では、モチーフとしての陶器を、これまでの、模様の部分の輪郭をぼかしてグラデーションをつけて描く方法から、光の部分をはずして浮き立たせることで、あたかも「光が張り付いているような」な視覚表現を試みています。

風景について、伊庭は菱田春草の『落葉』を引用して語っています。
「『落葉』では、何も描かれていない空白にある奥行や距離感に魅力を感じます。木々に張り付いている苔やそれらが織りなす模様が、絵画の中の空間とは別のものとして存在している感じに惹かれます。風景を構成する絵の要素としての模様や光の効果により、質感や空気感を表現したい。」

器のすがたを愛でる時、「景色」という言葉を使います。新作において、釉薬を通して見える表面の模様は、反射する光によって、あたかも近景と遠景の間の空気感を観るように曖昧になります。それは、これまでの観るものの感覚に直接訴える方法から、観るものが絵画の中に能動的に探っていく方法へと促す変化でもあります。

伊庭 靖子
嵯峨美術短期大学版画科専攻科修了。1999年、ダイムラークライスラーグループ アート・スコープ、フランス・モンフランカンにて制作滞在、2001-2002年、文化庁在外研修員としてニューヨークに滞在。神奈川県立近代美術館鎌倉館(2009年)での個展、国立新美術館DOMANI・明日展(2009)など多数の展覧会に参加。神奈川県立近代美術館、資生堂アートハウス、東京都現代美術館をはじめ、パブリックコレクション多数。

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