Press release

Born to be Wild

Mizuma & One Gallery (Cao Chang Di Village, Beijing) is proud to announce to unveil the show "Born to be Wild" on July 4 2009, a solo exhibit featuring Japanese female artist KIMURA Ryoko.

Born in Kyoto in 1971, KIMURA Ryoko graduated a Mural Painting major from the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. KIMURA not only diligently produces and publishes art works every year, but is also involved in fine art design for films as well as the production of artifacts for the fans club of the renowned Japanese singer SHIINA Ringo. Last year, KIMURA successfully held her debut international solo exhibit in Taiwan, a great step forward along her career path. She has received increasing acclaims.

KIMURA treats the masculine as the object of artistic appreciation, and undertakes candid depiction of "sexuality" at the focal point of erotic. She blends the techniques of traditional Japanese drawings into her prudent brush strokes, and presents to the viewers the carefree bliss of sexuality and a subtle sense of humor. Her unique mode of expression captures the hearts of many viewers, leaving them with unforgettable and profound impressions.

In the upcoming show titled Born to be Wild, KIMURA Ryoko continues to reveal her consistent interest in idol-like portraits of heroes. Instead of repeating the "princely" images of beautiful young men that she used to depict with such an exquisite and feminine touch, however, KIMURA in this show demonstrates vibrant and sexy portraits of heroes, broad-shouldered and vigorous like the Tarzan, echoing the sense of "Wild" as in the title of the show.

Regarding Beijing as a center of contemporary art for her show, KIMURA adds her own interpretation of the Chinese tradition of "Five Elements." Inspired by the Five Beasts, KIMURA has created her own versions of the Green Dragon (crocodile), White Tiger (tiger), Qilin (giraffe), Red Swallow (kite) and Black Turtle (turtle). Moreover, she has created a series "Admiration of Handsome Men" by combining the figures with the Chinese flowers that represent the four seasons. When viewing her works, you are bound to be immersed in the gallery space that is filled with KIMURA's renderings of a "masculine viewpoint."

What KIMURA Ryoko intends to convey in her show Born to be Wild has nothing to do with the genders of male and female, but rather allows an opportunity for every living human individual to reflect upon the self. Certainly, each man and woman will have their idiosyncratic modes of appreciation, and it is only through experiencing the works through one's own eyes that he or she can savor them to the full.

We at Mizuma & One Gallery, along with many "heroes" of KIMURA, cordially look forward to your visit.


Mizuma & One Gallery


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2009年7月4日より北京草場地芸術区にあるミヅマアンドワンギャラリーにて、「目覚めろ!野性 Born to be Wild.」  木村了子 KIMURA Ryoko展を開催いたします。


木村了子は、1971年日本京都で生まれ、97年東京藝術大学大学院壁画専攻を卒業しました。
毎年継続して自身の作品を発表する他、映画美術や、日本の著名歌手(椎名林檎)のツアーグッズ制作に参加する等、多方面からも注目を集め、昨年日本国外では初となる台湾での個展を大盛況に終えるなど、活躍の場を広げています。


男性を鑑賞対象として捉え、そのエロティシズムに焦点を当て、何の迷いもなく「性」を描き出す木村了子。彼女の作品は、日本画の伝統的な手法を用いた確かな筆使いに加え、あっけらかんと性の快楽を讃えるスタンスと、観るものにユーモアさえ感じさせる特異な表現で多くの人の心をつかみ、一度見たら忘れられないインパクトを残します。
「目覚めろ! 野性 Born to be Wild.」と題された今回の展覧会では、木村の持ち味であったアイドル的なヒーロー像はそのままに、これまで興味を持ち描いてきた、ゴージャスでフェミニンないわゆる「王子様」としての美少年ではなく、「Wild」の名の通り、野性的でエネルギッシュなたくましい男性像「ターザン」をダイナミックでセクシーに描き出します。


現代美術の中心となる北京という地で発表することを念頭に考えられた今回の作品群は、中国の五行思想の中の「五獣」をモチーフに取り上げ、龍(鰐)、白虎(虎)、麒麟(キリン)、朱雀(凧)、そして玄武(亀)を、木村ならではの解釈によって表現いたします。また、中国の季節を代表する花と美男子を組み合わせた「美男礼讃」シリーズ等、木村の「男性観」で、画廊内を充満させます。


「目覚めろ!野性」という木村のメッセージは、男女性別に関係なく、この時代における我々の生き方を改めて考えさせる機会となるのではないでしょうか。そして、もちろん、男女それぞれの特別な楽しみ方もあることでしょう。全ては見てからのお楽しみ。
ヒーロー達と共に、貴方のお越しをお待ちしております。


ミヅマアンドワンギャラリー