Hideaki Yamanobe - Two Feelings

September 12 until October 26, 2013

We proudly present new paintings and drawings by the Japanese Artist Hideaki Yamanobe

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Hideaki Yamanobe - Two Feelings

September 12 until October 26, 2013


We proudly present new paintings and drawings by the Japanese Artist Hideaki Yamanobe

Hideaki Yamanobe is an artist and a graphic designer, a mediator on his own behalf, a frontier runner between East Asian and European culture. He lives and works in Cologne and Tokyo since 20 years.

Here and there, galleries, museums and institutions dedicate numerous exhibitions to him; he also is consulted across the media spectrum.

Hideaki Yamanobe created for example the production design for the Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann opera "Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern", which was performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo´s Suntory Hall in the year 2000, as well as the production design in 2002 for the same opera for the Salzburger Festspiele with the SWR Orchestra. This underlines his exceptional skills in building bridges between the cultures and media, seemingly without the slightest effort, with its own picture language tailored to this project.

He limits his colour space to black, white and his own palette between brick red and crimson. The blends on the other hand lets one behold a pleochroism, which is only observable in the diversity of nature. Inspired by these, or more by its intangible phenomenons as in light, clouds and fog, Hideaki Yamanobe abstains from figurative depictions, to stage this diffuse array of appearances and their moods, atmospherically and pictorially. Concentration develops, similarly to cultivating a ZEN garden through the act of constant reiteration, which emphasizes the surroundings and places the palpable in a timeless frame for the impalpable. The unremitting attempt to capture these sensitive effects and to implement them artistically set Hideaki Yamanobe in the tradition of East Asian painting. Already in the 16th century, artists often elated diffuse appearances as the central subject of their works and made these visible with the omission of shapes.

His modern western artistic approach opens us the possibility to also attain insights in this subject matter.

Swiftly set calligraphic characters are found in his graphical work, similar to a sketched movement, partly concise and partly subdued by the overlapping of finest rice papers. Formal associations would here as well however be the expression of the observer´s vision.

For Hideaki Yamanobe it is not about the depiction of something, respectively the presentation of a concept or tradition, he does not dictate what is to be seen; in fact for him it has to do with the artificial evocation of sensual perception, with an emotion.

An artist creates an artwork, the artwork is finished and quasi an autonomic being in the world. When it possesses the attractivity that the beholder wants to keep his eyes on, the dialogue between him and the artwork begins. The perceptible noble Japanese conduct bestows this special attractivity to Hideaki Yamanobe's works. The exceedingly present works are not in the slightest loud; one can almost believe to be able to hear the silence. An atmospheric ambivalence resonates that pull the beholder in a variety of sensual perceptions.

Things change via the act of observation.

Florian Trampler,  August 2013

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