By The Nation
Inspired by his residency programme at the gallery – when he opened his studio so visitors could observe the process of him creating his works and share ideas – Kobayashi uses the word “balance” to suggest a disruption of reality around him.
In an effort to depict the quiet multitude of forest, the artist places toy blocks on a grass plane to create a kind of visual equilibrium, which at a distance appear normal but on closer inspection seem to be fighting against gravity. The artist says his aim is to point out the obvious fictional realm within a canvas, while maintaining the realistic attributes of an object
The 59-year-old is considered one of the most influential contemporary Japanese painters, and his work has been included in many major surveys and exhibitions around the world. Kobayashi is known for his serene, luminous landscapes, with his sunlight-flooded canvases invoking spiritual experiences as well as reflecting commentary of his surroundings.
The exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation on Bangkok. 100 Tonson Gallery is open from 11am to 7pm from Thursday to Sunday.
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