THE CLUB is pleased to present "Element", a solo exhibition by Masakatsu Kondo.
Kondo has been based in London since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1993.He has participated in group exhibitions with Peter Doig and Chris Ofili at the Victoria Miro Gallery and has exhibited in Japan at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.
In this exhibition, he will be presenting his new works on canvas.
"The production of my paintings is mainly a process of artificially interpreting the natural world. The memories of hundreds of millions of years dormant in the universe and nature are shown to us by mathematics, by chemistry, by philosophy, and by art. Nature is the fundamental environment for us; it exists as an absolute subject forming the keystone of our thoughts.
These recent works were painted with landscapes as the medium, and the idea of depicting the light cast upon them. If one breaks down light to its molecular level it is possible to depict, for example, the light (molecules) glittering on the water’s surface as abstract spectra. This leads to an interpretation that is scientific and simultaneously abstract. Moreover, it links in with the primitive memory of my experiences in the midst of nature during my childhood. And the experiences I accumulated over the days and the all-pervasive information around me is verbalized, becomes abstract, and is then once more revealed through the substance of paintings.
In contemporary society the daily lives of people is being dramatically changed by the new environment arising from the evolution of computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet and so on. While this is on one hand creating a valuable global culture, are we not also paying the price of having to bear many social problems? It is with this in mind that I intend to pursue my search for the importance inherent in nature, the fundamental element showing us our starting point" - Masakatsu Kondo, 2021
For your safety this exhibition will be open for reservation only, after taking sufficient measures against COVID-19.
Online contents will be posted on our website and Instagram, so please enjoy the exhibition at your home as well.
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For your gallery visit, please make your reservation from HERE by 18:00 one day in advance.
Masakatsu Kondo (b.1962)
Born in Aichi prefecture. Currently based in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London in 1993. Solo exhibitions include "Botany" at David Risley Gallery. His works were included in group exhibitions such as "Extinction Exhibition Annihilation" at Victoria Miro Gallery and “Prime” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. His works are in collections of the Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi and the Zabludowicz Collection.