DL XX - after Giorgione, 2017 / Photo: Jens Ziehe / courtesy Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Maki Na Kamura - Steine legen, Apfel lesen
15/10/2017 - 04/03/2018
The work of Maki Na Kamura (Japan, lives and works in Germany) is clearly of the 21st century, but the way she uses horizons may refer to a five centuries old tradition of painting. She argues that "the horizon was invented by painters" because the horizon in nature as a physical line or area does not exist. While many realistic landscapes often give a static impression through the use of horizontal lines, Maki multiplies and interrupts the horizon. Although she applies various techniques and forms of representation suggesting a classic pictorial space, these landscapes are not clearly defined. Maki Na Kamura plays freely with abstraction and figuration, creating a tension between these two concepts giving painting a new and special dimension.