27jan(jan 27)00:0024feb(feb 24)00:00Wandering Light by Ji-Min Huang & Toshiko Takeuchi
“Wandering Light” is the culmination of an intense communicative collaboration between two very special artists; Dutch-born Ji-Min Huang (Utrecht, 1978) and Japanese-born Toshiko Takeuchi (Tokyo / Oita, 1949). Although a
“Wandering Light” is the culmination of an intense communicative collaboration between two very special artists; Dutch-born Ji-Min Huang (Utrecht, 1978) and Japanese-born Toshiko Takeuchi (Tokyo / Oita, 1949). Although a couple of generations apart, a seemingly cultural and linguistic divide and leading very different lives, these two artists have found mutual understanding in a poetic dance of visual expression. Where Huang’s mostly chalk- and charcoal-drawn pieces organically ebb and flow in blacks and whites and in-betweens, Takeuchi’s more sculptural work geometrically oscillates in concentric rings of origami-like, hand-folded paper snippets.
Beneath the purely visual explorations of the myriad methods of contrast, Huang and Takeuchi have endowed this largely black & white exposition with an intense emotionality that hints at the drama and pathos that rage underneath the – usually – smooth exterior that each and every one of us prefers to present to the outside world. You can simply feel it; this is not only a labour of love to visually express the verbally inexplicable. It is above all, a labourious frenzy of creative expression and artistic production; a decidedly desperate squeezing out of all the creative juices that these two artists can muster. Again, it is intensely tangible.
Wandering Light has resulted in a monochromatic kaleidoscope of shapes and shades, flowing lines and jagged edges, explosions and simpers of black and white and dark and light. Both Ji-Min Huang and Toshiko Takeuchi achieve staggeringly different works of art, yet the combination is exhilarating; an elegance without losing a fibre of the raw vitality that characterises real labour and true artisanship. Wandering Light brokers the divide between the vitality of light and the melancholy of inevitable darkness.
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Ji-Min Huang & Toshiko Takeuchi “Wandering Light” 27.01 – 24.02.2018
January 27 (Saturday) 00:00 - February 24 (Saturday) 00:00
Elandsgracht 35, 1016 TN Amsterdam