Kazuhito Takadoi -Shizuka (Silence)

Kazuhito Takadoi -Shizuka (Silence)

17 June - 17 July 2010

Kazuhito Takadoi

"Silences are precious times to be shared, not empty spaces to be filled with words."

Kazhito Takadoi

jaggedart delighted to present Kazuhito Takadoi's first solo exhibition. Kazuhito's exquisite works are full of dichotomies: His work is both minimal, yet opulent. It is simultaneously fragile yet has strength, and it combines the formality of Eastern discipline with abstraction from Western art. The beauty of each work lies not only in his selection and use of natural materials, but in his exceptionally elegant presentation.

Inspired by the rich woodland surrounding his birthplace of Nagoya, Japan, Kazuhito grows and hand picks grasses, leaves and twigs from his garden, sowing each blade through the paper while the grass is moist and flexible. As the grasses dry and mature they embark on a subtle colour shift, comparative to seasonal change. Geometric in form, they are organic in substance.

Apparently abstract, each piece has a story behind it. Kazuhito weaves teal hued grasses between copperleaf crosses in Asagoa (Morning Glory). Kazuhito's trademark grass circles represent the flowers of Asagoa. The interwoven copper structure will transform over time to mimic the effect of a slowly rusting metal fence. In Amatsubu I, II, III and IV (Raindrops) he charts the progress of raindrops as they slowly run down a glass, merging and changing shape as they progress. Kazuhito ties grasses together so that the knots accumulate to colour each rounded form. Tsunagu (Chain) is representative of the cycle of life; a chain of events that can never be broken. The many circles of weathered cadmium grasses overlap and hover above the gold leaf applied to the paper. In Nami (Wave) a gentle ripple slowly makes its way over the surface, breaking up the reflection of a dramatic red sunset. The visual result is a subtle interplay between the grasses and their shadows. Kazuhito describes his fascination with shadows, "from the deepest