Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kei Okano

Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kei Okano

Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kei Okano

Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kei Okano

Kour Pour, Guardian Spirit, 109.22 x 71.12 cm, 2020

Kei Okano

Upcoming Exhibition

Kour Pour Fallow

December 26, 2020 - January 26, 2021

THE CLUB is pleased to present, “Fallow” Kour Pour’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

After opening his last exhibition in Tokyo in 2019, Pour traveled around the country, intending to connect with the natural landscape surrounding the island of Naoshima and explore sacred sites and temples in Kyoto. The map paintings in this exhibition are formally abstract representations of these areas using vernacular colour palettes. While these works continue the conversation between Japanese and Western artistic exchange, they also take on new and personal meaning as records of the artist’s travels.

Pour’s return to Los Angeles in April of that same year, following an intensive period of exhibition and travel, marked the beginning of a period of stillness. After his hiatus, new works such as Maranasati, proceeded to address this period of restoration. Continuing the artist’s development of the Persian miniature painting tradition, these works depict images of medical herbs and ointments from Tibetan painting, musical instruments, food and drink from Japanese cuisine, and Tantric symbols floating in undefined spaces. Not dissimilar to yantras, these paintings act as devices to aid in meditation and healing.

A new body of tiger works, displayed here for the first time, draws influence from East Asian ink painting. An ambiguity of origin complicates the easy classification of the imagery as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Such work reveals the ways in which indigenous cultures incorporate foreign elements, which arise new and innovative forms. This obscurity is reinforced in the new paintings, through the various techniques employed and the nature of the tiger as simultaneously distinctive and camouflaged, yet occasionally cute, funny, or even extraterrestrial. These paintings represent enigmatic beings with indeterminate groundings.

This show marks Pour’s first exhibition since his last outing in Tokyo, bookending a fallow period of the artist. His own reemergence is echoed in the tiger paintings; previously hidden away in caves, behind pine trees, and the mountain fog. The tiger now steps forward, leaving its natural habitat and breaking towards a new territory.



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Artists

Kour Pour Born in Exeter, England. Kour Pour is an artist based in Los Angeles. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Abrash at Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago, 2018); Polypainting at Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, 2018); Polypainting at GNYP Gallery, (Berlin, 2018); Decoration Never Dies, Anyway at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, (Tokyo, 2017); Horror Vacui or the annihilation of space at Misako and Rosen (Tokyo, 2017); Earthquakes And The Mid Winter Burning Sun (with Kazuo Shiraga) at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, 2017); Labyrinth(s) at Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, 2016); Onnagata at GNYP Gallery, (Berlin, 2016); Onnagata at Feuer/Mesler (New York, 2016); and Samsara at Depart Foundation (Los Angeles, 2015).