BUKKA, 2011, acrylic on cotton, © Daisuke Ohba

Artist talk

Friday 14 October – Tuesday 18 October 2011

The Light Field

Drinks reception from 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Light Field, the first London exhibition by the Japanese artist, Daisuke Ohba, is on show at Daiwa Foundation Japan House until 20th October. Ohba talked about his unique paintings, created through the use of iridescent pearl paint which produces continual transformations, image shifts, and colour transitions, as the light varies or as the viewer moves.

Keith Whittle, Curator and Japan Foundation Fellow, talked about the artist and Japanese contemporary art in general, drawing on his rich experiences with the art circle in Japan and in Eastern Asia.

About the contributors

Daisuke Ohba

Daisuke Ohba, the artist of the exhibition [i]The Light Field[/i], will talk about his works. He was born in Shizuoka in 1981 and received his MFA at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was awarded the Shell Art Prize in 2004. Ohba has been extensively showing in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including [i]Vivid Material[/i] at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, [i]THE ECHO[/i] at ZAIM in Yokohama in 2008, [i]VOCA 2010[/i] at The Ueno Royal Museum, and [i]Toki-no-Yuenchi[/i] at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Aichi. His works are found in collections of The Pigozzi (New York), Japan Airlines and Dries Van Noten (Tokyo).

Keith Whittle

Keith Whittle is a curator who has worked with numerous organisations at the forefront of vibrant and expanding areas of practice. Formally of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), and Film and Video Umbrella, London, he has collaborated with many of the leading names on the contemporary British art scene, whilst continuing to showcase emerging talents within the field. He was Assistant Director of the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2009 in Japan, and a recipient of a Visiting Arts International Exchange Placement in Japan that same year. He is presently a Japan Foundation Fellow and International Projects Associate at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

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