Katsura Okada | Shining Flecks: from Parts of the Entire
12 – 6PM
March 7 - March 25, 2018 Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 7, 6-8pm
ARTIFACT Gallery is pleased to announce, an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Katsura Okada. Her show, Shining Flecks: from Parts of the Entire, an exhibition of new paintings on golden pigments and handmade paper installations. This exhibition is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration into golden tiny dots expanding to the overall of shows nature designing abstraction and organic forms. The artist utilizing powdered golden pigments, natural liquid adhesive on handmade paper and she is painting countless golden tiny dots by brush. The shining flecks expanding to overall infinity. Okada says “From parts, tiny flecks expanding to the overall, as a whole. It is like reviving something on my images inspired organic forms.”
Apetalous series will on view this exhibition, Apetalous means “flower having no petals” and her new paintings shows nature designing abstraction and organic forms, and her works are focusing on Pistils and Stamens. She explained her paintings “I found such unique and beautiful forms from flowers without petals. And I feel that something strong and storing life from such organic shapes that center of flowers as the cores.”
In addition to golden dots paintings, pieces from Okada’s Flecks of Shine new series will be on view this exhibition. These abstract and simplify forms works in Okada’s central theme of spiritual revivals in a different way. For this new series, Okada’s created a distinctive technique of painting tiny dots in gold, after undergoing the process, the pigments texture and flecks are permanently fixed in gold. Every from part to entire groove reflects light, amplifying its natural beauty. Her new paintings are beautiful golden works infused with both concrete and abstract significance, and various fascinating shapes. Also she invites her viewers to take what they will from her work.
Katsura Okada was born in Tokyo, Japan. Okada has a Master of Japanese Calligraphy Arts from the Tokyo Academy of Calligraphy Art, Japan, and attended Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design, Japan to study Fine Art. Since 1990, Okada’s work has shown worldwide, including in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and United States. Recently, Okada’s work has been exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Hammond Museum in North Salam, New York, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the 57th Venice Biennial in 2017, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, Black and White Gallery in Brooklyn, Marymount Manhattan College Hewitt Gallery of Art in New York, Karuizawa New Art Museum in Nagano, Japan and the Museum of Arts & Crafts-Itami in Hyogo, Japan. Okada has received first prize/grants from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Shoto Museum of Art in Tokyo and the SoHo Art Competition in New York among others. Publications include ARTspeak, Manhattan Arts, NY Arts Magazine, the Yomiuri America newspaper, New York, LUXOS (Milano), Collezioni Sport & Street (Modena), IL NOTIZIARIO DELL’ A.I.A.M. (Rome), Les Editions Arts et Images du Monde (Paris), DART International Magazine (Toronto) and others. For more Information, please visit katsuraokada-artist.blogspot.com.
For additional information, please contact; ARTIFACT | 84 Orchard Street | b/w Broom & Grand Street | New York NY 10002 | www.artifactnyc.net | (212)457-0448 | Wed-Sat 12-6 PM and by appointment.