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Following last year’s sold-out exhibition, Ronin Gallery is thrilled to welcome back famed Japanese contemporary artist Cyoko Tamai for Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), October 28th through November 8th, 2015. Against Gravity: Cyoko Tamai invites the viewer to engage in her quest for “the floating line,” to lovingly break down the whole into its smallest units, whether lines, pigments or fibers. Using a fine-pointed steel pen, augmented by sumi ink, Cyoko deconstructs and rebuilds: she tears, scratches and rips incredibly strong Japanese washi paper, made by National Living Treasure Sajio Hamada and his wife Setsuko. Through each fiber and line of this dynamic topography, Tamai reflects and configures the invisible life she perceives in the paper. Combining unique techniques, a musical sensibility, and traditional Japanese materials, this collection of Japanese art for sale captures a life that is a continuation of each moment, a fleeting minutia. All art sold framed or mounted.
Japanese contemporary artist Cyoko Tamai was born in 1987 in Kōchi prefecture, graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts with a BFA in Music and an MFA in Japanese Painting. Her work has been featured in over a dozen solo and group exhibitions in Japan and is the recipient of several grants from the Sato International Cultural Foundation, as well as the Ataka Award. She was the 2014 Summer Artist-in-Residence at the Japan Society, joining the ranks of such influential artists as Shiko Munakata and Yayoi Kusama