Clay, acrylic, metal leaf, amethyst, 44 x 23 x 22 inches, 2022.
Oil on canvas,18 x 14 inches, 2022.
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Long Eclipse, a NY debut solo exhibition by Kahori Kamiya, on view from March 2 through March 26, 2023. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 3, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY, across the street from the Morgan Ave L train stop.
Kahori Kamiya excavates her roots as a Japanese woman and examines human's universal activities like an archaeologist. This exhibition title, Long Eclipse, reflects on her experiences, such as nursing, racial discrimination during the pandemic, and her current grief with her mentor's passing.
Kamiya's intensive process of art-making challenges a boundary between painting and sculpture. In both sculptural painting and highly painted sculpture, she creates vibrant perspectives from countless angles. Her dynamic yet intricate form catches viewers' eyes as if a space probe explores new creatures or vital marks. When the viewers look closer and longer to see the work, they will discover the semi-figurative drawing, mysterious symbols, and executed materials such as feathers, gold leaves, and crystals. As a reiki healer herself, energy is another element she transmits into her works.
Her powerful organic form stems from an ancient Japanese spirituality in that people worship nature. "I like to explore ancient people's spirituality and connect with who I am here." Kamiya cites. Reconnecting with her earlier career, such as making a god sculpture for a Japanese temple, she created a spiritual Venus titled Blooming Flow (2022). The majestic Venus tells the story of nurturing and the cycle of life.
"Kahori Kamiya makes explosive expressionist sculptures about the challenges she's had breastfeeding as a mother." – Art Historian and Critic Dr. Robert Shane, "A House for Art" by WMHT + PBS TV.
Kahori Kamiya was born in Nagoya, Japan, and moved to New York, where she received her second MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. She is a recipient of the Award from the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Puffin Foundation Grant, and ISCP residency that will start this April. Recently her works have been featured by Art Spiel, WMHT Public Media TV, and Transborder Art. Kamiya's works are exhibited globally in Japan, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Australia, Canada, and the United States and collected in Japan, the US, and Israel.
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We’d like to thank The Puffin Foundation for their support of this exhibition.