“Sailing Afloat in Namiyo Kubo‘s Ocean of Light”
February 25-March 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 26, 5-7 pm
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present the new work of Tokyo artist Namiyo Kubo. Her exhibition of painting on paper entitled “Sailing Afloat in Namiyo Kubo’s Ocean of Light” continues from February 25th through March 15th, 2014 with an opening reception Wednesday, February, 26th, 5-7 PM.
This will be Namiyo Kubo’s third solo exhibit at Viridian Artists, the artist has again filled the gallery walls with large collages of blue and gold painted paper that put the viewer in the midst of a watery world. With intense color and the rippled painted paper, the artist creates the textured surface of oceans. This recent work was inspired by travels to India as the artist continues to search for imagery of earth and its seas.
“The Ocean of Light” is about many things. The artist states that she is continuing to create about nature, sometimes about the sea, a drop of rain, rivers, the waves of lakes, oceans and bays, but this work is also about cities and the human- made world. The “light” of stars, meteors, electricity reflecting off the waves & ripples of water reveal the cities of the world. One can discern the silhouettes of skyscrapers & the lights of Tokyo, Shanghai, London, New York City and other cities one recognizes by the shapes conjured by the “Ocean of Light” the artist has filled the gallery with. The artist “sees” twelve lights on the oceans of the Earth and the spirituality inherent in the symbol of light & water, of rebirth, discovery & unity is especially critical in our time of tsunamis, political and religious strife and nuclear disasters. Despite the calamities of our times, this ambitious artwork reminds us that meteors, falling stars and “oceans of light” are signs of the enormity of and power in the Universe.
Namiyo Kubo is active in Japan creating murals, working with children in Iwate and doing much volunteer work in connection with art and the recent disaster in Northern Japan. Viewers not only will see her art, but will also have a chance to meet her as well at her reception on Feb 26, 5-7 pm. We hope to see you there.