The exhibition “Tree/Sleep” by Japanese photo-based artist Keiko Kurita opened at the ASÍ Art Museum in Reykjavík on April 4. It consists of ten c-print diptychs taken over a period of four years, all portraying “trees” and “sleep.”
Through her photographs, Kurita hopes viewers will be able to perceive some of the ambiguous and exquisite relationship between the two apparently unrelated subjects, as described in a press release.
Kurita had a solo exhibition of the same name at the Monogram gallery in Tokyo in August 2008. Since then, the featured work has been expanded and elaborated upon to form the current exhibition at the ASÍ Art Museum.
By Keiko Kurita
the wind blows a quiet note on tree leaves
light dazzles as the wind sounds
the light filters through from there
the wind passes through from there
the wall of the room absorbs the light
as if it is breathing quietly
i relax a slightly tired body
my senses are joining with the wind
the five senses become sensitive
i hear the deep sound of air
the mind felt when in a loophole between sleep and awakening
the mind felt when trees branch overhead like monsters
i feel a common sensibility between these two states
strangeness in relief / relief in strangeness
The exhibition, which is supported by the Nomura Cultural Foundation, runs through April 26.
Click here to read about another of Kurita’s ongoing exhibitions in Reykjavík.