Leiko Ikemura: a.ï.r.e
Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6.30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Vernissage on Friday, November 5, 2021 11 am - 8 pm
The artist is present.
What I'm trying to do now is to cross the border, to go into the picture, into the other world.
With this exhibition, we are now going into the unknown, but with confidence.
Leiko Ikemura, October 2021
Leiko Ikemura's artistic work is in the process of constant transformation.
For over thirty years, the exceptional artist has been regularly represented and presented in solo exhibitions and accrochages at all locations of Galerie Karsten Greve.
In her current solo show LEIKO IKEMURA a.ï.r.e, Galerie Karsten Greve is showing works on paper, paintings, bronze and terracotta as well as sculptures made of glass and photography.
The very title of the exhibition a.ï.r.e, the Spanish word for air, announces the threshold at which the artist's work currently finds itself. Her latest compositions are characterised by a high degree of abstraction, but remain figurative in details. In order to make this ephemeral visible, the other elements and their antagonists are needed to make the mentally perceptible real.
In her paintings, Ikemura juxtaposes the series Hikaru, Japanese for light, with abstract compositions and large-scale black components, in order to reveal the dialectic of light and shadow and to sensitise our eye to the layers underneath the avoidable black. They were created in the last years, marked by renunciation and restrictions, in which an invisible danger made us aware of the loss of a previously hardly consciously appreciated wealth.
For me, this crisis has been a very big opportunity. Taking something invisible and giving it shape.
The fact that the artist chose glass as the material to give shape to her latest sculptures appears as a logical consequence. As if they were charged with magnetic attraction, they seem to catch the light and bundle it in new radiance.
Light as a metaphor has a philosophical content for Leiko Ikemura. An element of "invisible wealth", which served as the motivation for her new painting and allows her to shape the phenomenon of light in colours.