Yoshitomo Nara: Reach Out to The Moon, Even If We Can't

Yoshitomo Nara: Reach Out to The Moon, Even If We Can't


Posted 2023-03-01 by PerthKelfollow

Sun 26 Feb 2023 - Sun 25 Jun 2023

Opening on 26 February 2023, at the Art Gallery of WA is the exhibition bringing together major sculptural works alongside paintings, drawings, ceramics, and photography from world-renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. This exhibition is exclusively coming to Perth and his Yoshitomo's first solo exhibition.

Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Japan in 1959 and studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya. Nara's work often features innocent-looking children with large eyes, but he imbues them with a sense of defiance and rebellion. His characters appear to challenge authority and question the norms of society. Nara's style is influenced by Japanese manga and anime, as well as Western pop culture.Nara rose to international fame in the 1990s for his exquisitely rendered, instantly recognisable portraits of alternately sweet and vicious big-headed figures and melancholic figurative sculptures. His work comes in all mediums and is the result of his innovative distillation of an enormous array of references and inspirations. In addition to his paintings and drawings, Nara has created large-scale installations and sculptures. One of his most famous works is a giant fibreglass sculpture of a dog called "Your Dog" that was installed in New York's Rockefeller Center in 2010.

Spanning his works from 2011-2022, covers a time in which Nara has been processing the devastating impact of the Fukushima disaster of 11 March 2011, which saw his hometown region hit by the combined effects of an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor breakdown. In the face of this, Nara found himself unable to make art, but he found his way back to his practice through his body as he started making clay sculptures that physically engaged him.
Presented in the Art Gallery's largest space is a vast collection of Nara's works, there are even some power point projections about how the clay sculptures came to be. Walking through all the works, you can't help but be affected emotionally by them all.

This is a fabulous art exhibition, that is well worth the time to go see and explore. The exhibition is on at the Art Gallery of WA until the 25th of June 2023, there is also a collection of items that can be purchased from the galley's store. Entry is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. The Gallery is open from 10 am til 5pm daily, except Tuesday.

!date 26/02/2023 -- 25/06/2023
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