One of my paintings will be included in the upcoming group show at VAN DER PLAS Gallery, Lower East Side from August 11 to August 22, 2021. If you are around Downtown Manhattan, please stop by! Opening reception is held on August 12, Thursday between 6 to 8pm at the gallery.
"Regeneration 2021 – Skin 01", plastics & ceramic collage on canvas, 11"x14" (30cm x 36cm)
“Regeneration 2021” is a series of ongoing paintings created since spring of 2021. I developed a way of incorporating found objects onto the painting surface. Collaged pieces consist of fragmented plastics and other found objects collected on public beaches of New York City. These objects were edited, then collaged on canvas, then edited again as abstract visual elements. This process contributed as a painterly aspect of the surface, as it left shadows of glues and gel medium on the canvas.
The work included at the group exhibition titled “ALL ART + Summer Salon”, relates to a branch of modern and contemporary art history. It is reminiscent of Supremacist's “Non-Objective” or Malevich’s “white on white” paintings. It also references Cubists' collages and Jasper John's flag paintings, where the object represents the symbol of itself. Painting occupies the ambiguous area between "objecthood" and "pure abstraction". My work attempts to bring back the painting into the realm of “Objecthood”, and yet it can also be perceived as pure abstraction under ambient light conditions, in which painting will be shown. It also suggests the environmental issues of plastic contamination of the earth. The work reminds us of our time and place in history.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—January 5, 2021
CONTACT: Makoto Kishino, NYC, NY
Makoto Kishino, “Breath of the light - Precious Stone Series (P.S.S.)”
RELEASE OF A SERIES OF PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY NATURE, LIGHT & PRECIOUS STONE
New York based artist Makoto Kishino will release a series of 16 small acrylic paintings. They are on smooth clayboard sized 5x7 inches (8 11/16 x 10 ¾ inch with frame) inspired by the theme of “precious stones” and the light found in nature and within ourselves. Each painting celebrates life, hope, connections and our shared desire for a better future.
While COVID-19 is leaving behind a difficult memory of 2020-21 and continuous to cause havoc around the world, it has also come to show our collective resilience to overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. From re-imagining work/home life to finding ways to connect with others in the era of social distancing, from shear reality of life/death conditions inside hospitals to literally deciding between food or rent, we are pushing forward with faith and commitment to a better society.
Kishino explains, "My art is inspired by nature and the presence of “light”, “space” and “sacred”. In PRECIOUS STONE painting series, I celebrate the luminous & benevolent light found through nature, and the light shining through objects you can tangibly hold on your palm, like precious gem stones. These paintings are spiritual re/presentation of the energy of nature and light resonating within our spirit. Through these paintings, I intend to align the energy of nature with that of viewer’s consciousness and perception."
New painting series “Breath of the light - Precious Stone Series (P.S.S.)” will be accessible through his website’s online viewing room. Visitors can scroll through the images of outdoor temporary site-specific exhibition, and to view the paintings in Autumn & Winter Collections.