'The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. It seems intended more to cause stumbling than to be walked upon. — Franz Kafka
Falling is an experience familiar to most of us. Emotions emerging at the moment of the fall, are as complex and odd as the cause. These daily fall downs are mostly passive with a specific cause, however frequently caught voluntary.
OTTO brings together Eimei Kaneyama's paintings, drawings and sculptures derived from the question 'Why does the fall occur continuously?'. The works relating to the fall have continued from 2014 to the present. If the early works focus on the cause, the subsequent works address the crossing state or emotion of the moment.
First appearing in three paintings completed in 2015, banana peel becomes a symbol for the cause of the fall in the works of Eimei Kaneyama. The paintings portray abandoned banana shells incidentally found by the artist from different locations, depicting distinct juncture from canvas to canvas. Placed suspiciously in the gallery, banana peels, made from copper plate also contextualize the realisation of an unexpected moment.
According to the artist, present, future, and the past become tangled at the moment of the fall. It is the entanglement of perception in individuals, shifting in time, and emotions. As all of the memories of the fall down differ from one another, these stories are reflected in Kaneyama's works with myriad of gestures and colours. Most works are developed unfixed, floating between the wall and the floor, liberating the forms within.
A tumble occurs unpredictably but also erratically in predictable situations, inducing laughter as well as embarrassment and displeasure. At the moment of the incident, people may abruptly leave the scene or laugh out loud. Laughter bursting from the witness is one of amusement, but closer to shame and despondency for the person in concern.
Press release courtesy Whistle.