Mindlake continues Kusanagi’s interest in nurturing visual movement, with both the surfaces of his compositions as well as the energy the paintings collectively generate.
As his initial method, Kusanagi stains untreated canvases with layers of translucent color. He then incorporates improvisational brushstrokes in vivid hues, markings that materialize from rapid motions and pooling stillness. The compositions hover on the surface and then move into deep space. Developing tensions that flow beyond the canvas, Kusanagi’s paintings spill into the architecture of the gallery. His uninhibited use of color offers oscillating contrast and harmony, resulting in abstracted landscapes that appear simultaneously dynamic and serene.
Kusanagi’s landscapes evoke familiar urban and natural scenes, such as sidewalks, windows, trees, foliage and flowers, clouds and the sea. Yet, they simultaneously make viewers imagine an unknown “elsewhere” that expands outside our world. His atmospheric washes of color leave the paintings devoid of specific detail, conjuring memories of time and place rather than a precise representation.
Shinpei Kusanagi (b. 1973) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Shinpei Kusanagi: Mindlake
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 21, 2018
Opening Reception: November 1, 6 – 8 pm
1150 25TH STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107