All Visual Arts are proud to introduce an exhibition of paintings by acclaimed Japanese artist, Masakatsu Kondo. Whenever I am Silent is a meditation on the artifice of nature, exploring the space between the perceived and the real. From still, unsettling landscapes inspired by traditional Japanese composition to the more lyrical new works being exhibited for the first time.
Kondo’s paintings draw on the natural world and symbolic imagery of contemporary media; landscapes that adhere to the imagined, idealised notion of how they should appear. The artist opens up an inquisition of the world presented to us, particularly within an urban metropolis where ‘natural’ landscapes are architectures of the imagination. Kondo constructs subtly enhanced and engineered scenery suggestive of a peculiarly modern sense of isolation.
Kondo’s landscapes draw their inspiration not from life but from reference books, taking their cue from geographically accurate and scientifically impartial material found in topography, geology and gardening manuals. As such, the natural world that he constructs is an abstraction of reality, a composition of impossible landscapes; the sky a brilliant blue, the mountains tall and lakes deep, yet lacerated from reality the images seem unsettling in their perfection.
Drawing reference from such disparate sources as European Romanticism; the intricacy of traditional Japanese artists such as Hokusai, and contemporary film and advertising, Kondo’s work reminds us of the enduring struggle to establish an equilibrium between man and nature
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