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Onnagata

Kour Pour



Kour Pour
Japonisme 3, 2016
Block printing ink on canvas
214,50 x 162 cm
Unique


OPENING THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2016 FROM 6 TO 9PM

28.04 - 25.06.2016

GNYP Gallery
Marta Gnyp
TEL. + 49 (0)30 31 01 40 10
gallery@gnyp.eu
www.gnyp.eu/gallery
GNYP GALLERY / KNESEBECKSTRASSE 96 / 10623 BERLIN / GERMANY


In the middle of the nineteenth century Europe became fascinated by Japan. After two hundred years of isolation the country opened up to trade with the West. A friendly obsession with Japanese art and aesthetics labeled Japonisme became an important trend among Western artists. In particular, Ukiyo-e prints captured the interest of many artists such as Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec. These Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, used the characteristics of Ukiyo-e such as lack of central composition and shadows, cropping of pictorial planes, and clean contours that have been incorporated into Western art for good.


Kour Pour
Rising Sun (Pacific Ocean), 2015
Block printing ink on canvas
211 x 175 cm
Unique


In his new series, Tectonic paintings, Kour Pour has produced eight large-scale works using the Japanese Ukiyo-e printing process. The seemingly abstract forms are appropriated from earthquake and volcano maps produced by the Japanese Geological Survey. The resulting paintings share a visual resemblance with contemporary abstraction embedded in an American/European tradition. Similar to his Persian carpet works that display designs and images influenced by early cultural exchange, these new paintings reference already intersectional histories and continue the reshaping/ rewriting of visual language in contemporary culture. By highlighting a Japanese process and using it to produce works that are visually based in what is generally thought of as a Western aesthetic, the paintings question ideas of originality/ authenticity and complicate the connection between appearance and identity. Known for their instability, tectonic plates form a visual metaphor for the shifting of meaning that is also reflected in the title of the show, Onnagata: the Japanese word for male kabuki actors who play female roles in Japanese theater.


Kour Pour
Portuguese Tempura, 2015
Block printing ink on canvas
217 x 192 cm
Unique


The process of making the Tectonic paintings is laborious, physical, and ritualistic. First, the geological maps are redrawn onto large printing blocks. Ink is then rolled onto the blocks and hand printed onto canvas. Sections of the block are then cut and removed. A new color is applied and printed again in a repetitive daily procedure. Every print requires the physical pressure of the body and direct contact with the canvas, the strain of which causes the surface to crack and break and the ink to shift and stretch. The importance of the manual labor and craft are documented on the printing blocks that Pour considers a precious diary of everyday work. Quiet and meditative, indispensable but usually disregarded, they carry all the marks and stains that are the accidental and uncalculated results of the process of making and as such remain silent witnesses of artistic labor.

We would like to draw your attention to the talk by the British historian Francis Pike in the Gnyp Gallery in Berlin on the 7th of June at 19.30.

On the occasion of Kour Pour´s exhibition Onnagata Francis Pike will address the subject of the relationship between Asia and the West in modern history in relationship to both politics and culture.

Francis Pike is an historian, art dealer and geopolitical advisor who has lived in Japan, China and India for over twenty five years. In various capacities, he has advised governments as well as financial institutions and corporations in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His articles have appeared in journals and magazines in Asia and the UK. He is a partner of The Temple Gallery, a leading dealer in the field of Russian and Byzantine Icons and artefacts and Chinese and South East Asian Art. He is a member of an avant-garde art salon in Shanghai and is on the advisory board of Photo London. He is also a collector of contemporary art. His published books include Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia since World War II [2010] and Hirohito’s War: the Pacific War 1941-1945 [2015]. Recent articles include ‘The Development of a Death Cult in 1930s Japan and the Decision to drop an Atom Bomb’

For more information about the exhibition please check the installation views and works:
www.martagnyp.com/gallery/installationviews
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