DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Japanese-born, Berlin based artist Maki Na Kamura. Titled, Geomotrie in LD., the exhibition features a series of 22 paintings, all 60 x 45 cm, in which the artist explores the weighted color red and the balance of structuring geometrical forms in delicately rendered natural landscapes. Profoundly aware of the formal dissimilarities between Eastern and Western artistic traditions, Na Kamura’s Geometrie in LD. paintings are entrenched in art historical discourse.
Magdalena Kröner and Noemi Smolik have contributed essays for the exhibition catalog which includes reproductions of all artworks in the show and is available at the gallery. Magdalena Kröner says of the Geomotrie in LD. “the red river, it seems, is to the Maki Na Kamura of “GiL” what the “Red Fuji” was to Katsushika Hokusai, who painted it in forever new variations. Yet color presents the artist with a formal challenge rather than one on the level of representational content: everything that happens in these depictions takes place exclusively in the depths of the red. The bridge across the river with a few figures on it merely constitutes the classical frame for an expressive quest for form, movement, and gesture Na Kamura wrests from the dominance of the monochrome; they transpire afresh, are formulated afresh in each picture.”
Noemi Smolik offers “capturing the world in geometric shapes has always been a way of trying to gain control of a sprawling and stubbornly amorphous nature, whose most persuasive expression is the natural landscape… Na Kamura’s pictures examine this tension. … The trees blend in with the nature that surrounds them, sometimes to the point of dissolving into it; the beams bisect the picture, cutting breaches into nature, which is always a violent act. They establish order. This contrast imbues Na Kamura’s pictures with an energized rhythm, as though the artist has taken the ideas of the Chinese theorist Chuang Yue (1750–1841) to heart, who demanded that any landscape painting possess twenty-four features, the most important of which was a “rhythm of inner energy.””
This is Maki Na Kamura’s 5th solo show in Berlin. Na Kamura has participated in numerous international museum and gallery exhibitions, including a recent solo institutional exhibition at the Kasuya Museum in Yokosuka, Japan.