Water Series Vol 19 'The Ocean of Light'
Viridian Artists is pleased to present its first solo exhibition in its new space at 548 W 28th Street: the new work of Namiyo Kubo. Her exhibition of painting on paper entitled Water Series Vol.19 'The Ocean of Light' continues from October 18-November 5, 2011 with an opening reception Tuesday, Oct.18 5-7p.m
This will be Tokyo artist Namiyo Kubo's second solo exhibit at Viridian Artists, but instead of covering the walls of the gallery with tiny collages of camellia blossoms as she did in January of 2010, this time the artist has filled the gallery walls with large collages of blue and gold painted paper that put the viewer in the midst of a watery world. It a combination of color and the rippled painted paper that creates the textured surface of oceans.
"The Ocean of Light" is about many things. The artist states that she is continuing to create about nature, sometimes about the sea, a drop of rain, rivers, the waves of lakes, oceans and bays, but this work is also about cities and the human- made world. The "light" of stars, meteors, electricity reflecting off the waves & ripples of water reveal the cities of the world. One can discern the silhouettes of skyscrapers & the lights of Tokyo, Shanghai, London, New York City and other cities one recognizes by the shapes conjured by the "Ocean of Light" the artist has filled the gallery with. The artist "sees" twelve lights on the oceans of the Earth and the spirituality inherent in the symbol of light & water, of rebirth, discovery & unity is especially critical in our time of tsunamis, political and religious strife and nuclear disasters. Despite the calamities of our times, this ambitious artwork reminds us that meteors, falling stars and "oceans of light" are signs of the enormity of and power in the Universe.
Namiyo Kubo is active in Japan creating murals, working with children in Iwate and doing much volunteer work in connect with art and the recent disaster in Northern Japan. Viewers not only will see her art, but will also have a chance to meet her as well at her reception on Tuesday, October 18th, 5-7PM.
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