Opening Reception: December 19, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm
Fusing his native Japanese innocence with contemporary primal instincts, Kentaro Kobuke’s first solo show in Hong Kong warms and grabs the heart with an evocative fantasy world filled with contours, masks and the transcendence of men into nature and nature into men.
Drawing inspirations from the aesthetics of 18th century artworks from Japan, Kobuke engages in a form of story telling which tend to be contained within a single painting or illustration. Referencing pornography and animism, his works document the contemporary myth-making of endangered cultural heritage.
Eyes are often the centres of focus, calling to mind the Japanese tradition of filling Daruma statuettes’ pupils to make wishes and set goals. Somewhat hollow, even sinister, Kobuke’s unfocused eyes aspire to child-like state of innocence, connoting both the observing and the observed. Does it epitomize the melancholy of a younger generation? Or simply voicing their misrepresentation?