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“Tree/Sleep” Exhibition Opens in Reykjavík

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.

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