√K Contemporary is proud to present Hamada's third major solo exhibition, Strata of Memory - Light and Shadow.
Following his solo exhibitions at Kashima Arts (Kyobashi, Tokyo, 2016) and Nerima Art Museum (Nerima-ku, Tokyo, 2015), Kiyoshi Hamada has since participated in international art fairs, receiving much global acclaim.
Born in Kochi prefecture, Hamada was inspired by the light and darkness of his hometown's seascapes. While he is now past 80 years old, every day, he continues his vigorous but quiet, repetitive process of production. Akin to ideas of eternal return, the perpetuity of Hamada's labourious artistic process births new, phenomenological motifs for the artist. Echoing a sense of acceptance, this new series is Hamada's triumph; his successful manifestation of a, once, vague memory, and creation and control of light and shadow. Like how eyes must adapt to the darkness, these works capture, adjust, and express subtle variations in light as a way to explore the monochromatic. Unifying existence and non-existence, these works form as three-dimensional extensions of a new world.
The unification of polarities. Consolidations of light and shadow, symbolic to ideas of Yin and Yang.
As Hamada's newest endeavour, this series reflects the artist's constant endeavour to innovate and produce new systems and values for his work.
Press release courtesy √K Contemporary.