Damien MOLONY 「FOUR SCULPTED SCENES」
- 2010年1月12日（火）～1月17日（日） 会期中無休
- 11：00～19：00 (最終日は17：00まで)
- SPACE D
- Damien MOLONY
FOUR SCULPTED SCENES is my attempt to engage with the area in which I lived in Osaka in 2009.
I came to Japan with the intention of trying to paint what I saw, but with no real understanding of what the country looked like. I began by drawing the immediate area around our house, which included the cemetery at the top of our street. While I wasn't looking to establish a theme in my paintings, I gravitated towards subjects that were familiar in an environment that was otherwise foreign.
I found a simplicity and order in the gravestones of the cemetery that was missing in the general streetscape of Toyonaka. It helps that I understand something of the sacred. The apparent contrast with the modern, secular Japan was interesting.
As I realized I wouldn't learn enough Japanese to speak to our neighbors and that my ability to engage with people would occur almost entirely in English, I began to explore the medieval idea that iconography can transmit meaning to the illiterate. In the end I doubt it, but I can't paint like Giotto.
I have also included paintings of more immediate experiences in the area, like the Tenjin Matsuri and the experience of being a tourist at Horyu-ji. Lastly, I've included some of the mundane aspects of my life that kept my head healthy, such as the books I read.
An article on this show: http://troutfactory.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/intent-markings-an-interview-with-damien-molony/