Jane Lombard Gallery is delighted to introduce Silver Mist From The Empty Pot, a digital exhibition of individual and collaborative works by Kyoto-based artists Teppei Kaneuji and Chihiro Mori. The exhibition investigates the point where our conscious and subconscious experiences collide, connecting and disconnecting distant places, times, contexts, histories, and stories to create new tangible visual narratives, forms and folklore.
Now more than ever, we are bearing witness to our own familiar narratives adapting to new "normals"; a change that can be constricting to some, and liberating for others. There has never been a moment, in the history of the world, that was immune to instability and change. The terrain of our global social archive was built through collectivity, voluntary shifts in the perception of our surroundings, reflections on our past and reimaginations of our potential futures. Change can be chaotic, unpredictable and chain reactive, sparking both monumental and diminutive moments of transformation that not only shape our conscious reality, but create new platforms for our dream worlds to thrive and integrate with our waking lives in narratives of multiplicity. It is within this intersectional space that Kaneuji and Mori thrive, pulling their inspiration from not only the events that happened, but those that will happen, could have happened, or never happened at all; negotiating the complexities and uncertainties of everyday life.
The selection presents the viewer with a series of epilogues that visually narrate playful commentaries on societal overstimulation, occupancy, possession and consumption. Kaneuji's work places graphic illustrations in dialogue with painterly color planes, raw material and unfinished texture. His piece Games, Dance, and the Constructions (unfinished plywood) #1, for instance, combines monumentalized or monolithic assemblages of crystals, spheres, stones and mirrors with objects of construction and innovation, such as screws, bolts, planks of wood and gears. The landscape is presided over by an alien spaceship, which holds atop an ever watchful eye; a nod to ancient mythologies, and gestures of the unknown. Mori's experimentations in drawing and painting provide a glimpse of digested images of memory and social collages through the lens of the artist's gaze. Her work Horse's Colour Photo, is a simple observation in high definition. Two figures, similar in size and stature, carry an empty frame through an empty plane, balanced in suspended physical engagement and visual application, depicting the relationship between material consumption and manual labor; a portrait of the workhorse.
Their collaborations materialize as oversaturated, glitchy digital compositions that splice subconscious meanderings with moments from television, cartoons and commercial branding. Their work TV Accidents (Light of Water) presents us with a textured collage of building facades, restaurant booths, telephones, washing machines, food and multi-lingual text, centered around a swirling bucket of shimmering water flanked with sparks of light and cradled with an outstretched hand. The resulting image is complex, with a rich visual topography of interlocking contexts and narratives that prompt the viewer to linger, occupy, consume, digest and regurgitate the work through their own gaze.
At its core, Silver Mist From the Empty Pot presents as a platform for investigating the potential of a self-perpetuating and ever-evolving archive that sits at the confluence of conscious observation and subconscious hallucination; a space where assemblages of the past, present and future are born.
Press release courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery.