Abstracting The Reality

Abstracting The Reality

Momoka Ota, Genki Yamashita

7 - 23 April. 2023

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Abstracting The Reality

Genki Yamashita, Momoka Ota

4 April. – 23 April. 2023 (Opening Everyday during the exhibition)

11:00 – 19:00
4 April. 11:00 – 20:00 (Opening reception)
23 April. 11:00 – 17:00

Gallery Hayashi

GALLERY HAYASHI+ART BRIDGE is pleased to present the duo exhibition Abstracting The Reality. This exhibition presents abstract paintings and sculptures by Momoka Ota and Genki Yamashita.

The name of the exhibition Abstracting the Reality refers to works that abstract real phenomena and objects. The history of abstract art dates back to the 1910s, when the first attempt was made by Wassily Kandinsky. After World War II, abstract painting developed in Europe as Art Informel and in the USA as Abstract Expressionism. Concepts born out of the social conditions devastated by the two world wars and the avant-garde expression of unconventional ideas have become the foundation of contemporary art. In recent years, some artists have begun to transcend the classification of figuration and abstraction, extracting the essence of painting and expressing it as a layered form.

Momoka Ota was born in 1997 in Shizuoka Prefecture. She graduated from BA Fine and Applied Arts Field of Oil Painting at Kyoto University of The Arts. She completed MA Fine Arts of Oil Painting at Aichi University of The Arts, Japan.
Ota uses mountains and her daily life as the subject of her works.
She finds an affinity between her own production activities and the mountains, and by painting the mountains and nature, she incorporates parts of her own life into her paintings.
Using oil as her main medium, her abstract paintings, which extract layers from the landscape, depend on each viewer to see the sublimity of abstract art.

Genteki Yamashita was born in 1998 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He graduated from BA Oil Painting at Tama Art University. Yamashita explores the possibilities of diverse materials such as charcoal, crayon, oil and waste wood from everyday objects in his paintings, drawings and sculptures. By drawing lines and surfaces as if in direct contact with the screen, the distance from the screen and the physicality of the act of drawing remain on the screen. The medium that accumulates on the screen is like a pool of water that accumulates during a tour, and is formed as a work of art with unpredictable phenomena, instability, inevitability and coincidence in the production process. By wearing the accumulation of time through Yamashita’s handiwork, the work has a sense of weight, including an appearance and shape caused by artifice.


Installation View
Photo: Sora Okubo