Works in paper. 'Lifecycles' features two solo shows by two women artists who use traditional techniques typical of their cultures, that invite the onlooker to contribute to a contemporary discourse about the meaning of existence.
The exhibition Lifecycles/Lebenszyklen presents two solo shows that present works on paper from Nozomi Kobayashi (*1975 Yamanashi, Japan) and Kiran Riaz (1982*Pakistan); two women artists who use traditional techniques typical of their cultures that invite the onlooker to contribute to a contemporary discourse about the meaning of existence.
Nature always creates sensation in me. I try to recreate that sensation into textures. As an artist, I’m obsessed with my paintings which actually cause my image to prevail across the smooth texture of the "Vasli". I talk through colors and textures. My imagination helps me to blend various textures into harmonized one.
Riaz Kiran is a trained artist in traditional Pakistani miniaturist painting. This technique is only recently experiencing renewed interest in and outside Pakistan, where the artist uses only traditional materials, however explores concepts and themes that are contemporary in nature. Riaz mixes her own colours out of natural sources, and the paper used is vasili; a specially handmade paper typically used for Pakistani miniature painting.
Riaz is an artist with instinctive skills of detailed and intricate rendering, who is obsessed with variation of line and its character. She knits the main area of her frames with soft and flowing lines with gradation of diverse shades of colors, which create depth and perspective in her paintings. She invites the onlooker to experience a visual illusion. The viewer sees images that are alive; planetary, biological, cell-like. Colours and lines are fine yet clear and with an intention, to bring the viewer into her world of creative existence. Riaz is an artist with instinctive skills of detailed and intricate rendering.
“Everything with form in this world, are the result of tiny irregular particles being attracted to special magnetic fields, combining, joining, spreading; then those particles which held some sort of intention somehow take the form of what we call ‘person’, ‘tree’, ‘thunder’, and so on. Each is different, yet the same, and if at any point that magnetic field should be lost, then everything will fall apart and disappear. Those particles that lose form, lose their intention, return to being individual particles, dispersed. That’s why, the fact that we are here is an incredible miracle. So, simply by being part of this, I think I should try to find out more about the connection to this miracle, shouldn’t I? Shouldn’t I try to express that? “
The title of the exhibition Sho-shoku originates from an ancient Chinese conception in which sho means the dissipation of the yin "negative" energy; and shoku the formation of the yang "positive" energy. The yin energy, that is the point at which the expulsed breath finally ends, becomes - just like that - the opportunity for yang to breath to be form. It seems that, in this brief moment, is condensed the mystery of the cycle of life.
From Japan, Nozomi Kobayashi uses pencil and short-hair brushes on finely made rice paper to depict cell-like images. Her images are subdued by the soft surface of the rice paper she uses, like peach skin; a texture which the viewer in turn is able to feel. Hundreds of cell-like shapes are scattered like flowers that seem to multiply on the paper surface. Kobayashi forms her images by a multitude of fine lines and circles, achieving a lightness of being that is not confined to the picture's surface; but is constantly moving. With their myriad dots, whether multiplying or dissipating; we invite you to see the light, refined sense of within the works of this young artist.
Image: Kiran Riaz, Untitled, 2011. Water color on wasli, 20x13 in
Opening: 7 June 18:00 - 20.30
JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery
101 Haltingerstrasse - CH 4057 Basel
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