Friday, June 21, 2024

Sanya Kantarovsky at Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto


Sanya Kantarovsky’s “After start,” the inaugural outing at Taka Ishii’s new Kyoto gallery, affords a disquieting staging of an exhibition in a standard Japanese townhouse. It’s now practically de rigueur for artists visiting the town to indicate their work in these rustic buildings, known as machiya. And why not? Filled with wealthy wooden and complex preparations of display doorways and straw-mat flooring, the buildings appear primed for artwork objects. All too usually, although, the ensuing installations undertake a very reverential perspective towards the structure in a determined effort to harmonize with it. Not so with Kantarovsky. If the artist is thought for urgent his topics’ our bodies into uncomfortable positions, right here, his canvases themselves push towards the given geometries of their 150-year-old dwelling.

Inside, the dim lighting (when there may be any in any respect) emphasizes the work’s spectral qualities. Badgirl, 2023, a portray of a crouching canine, stands upright on the ground in a completely darkened nook, from which the emaciated animal appears to forged a cautious gaze on the viewer. Outdoors, on the walkway, a easy flower association rests casually in Boy with Gap, 2023, a squat vase whose floor Kantarovsky has embellished with the distended head of a kid. The door to a courtyard urinal is left conspicuously open, revealing Nuppeppō, 2023, a small work depicting a human face rising from a puddle or cloud. Via these gestures, “After start” doesn’t genuflect earlier than the machiya a lot as hang-out it.


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