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September 21 , 2015

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Artwork, Exhibition & Installation

[solo exhibition] shun kawakami: snow landscapes

September 21 , 2015

[solo exhibition] shun kawakami:
snow landscapes (25.Sep. - 4.Oct. 2015)
at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

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shun kawakami:
snow landscapes

Shun Kawakami's Snow landscapes exhibition at Backwoods gallery features a series of digital works on paper through which this talented and versatile Japanese artist and designer masterfully plays with light and shadows.

For his latest show coming up at Backwoods Gallery, entitled Snow Landscapes, Japanese artist Shun Kawakami will present a series of digital works presented on a variety of supporting materials, such as hand-crafted gold and silver leaf, custom-made wood paper and Washi - the traditional Japanese paper. What's printed on those papers is the artist's recognisable pieces which play with light and shadows masterfully. Inspired by the longstanding Japanese love for empty spaces (Yohaku) and intervals (Ma), Shun Kawakami creates images that are juxtaposed by subjects and their surroundings, complex and condensed in their own right.

The sharp borders of subjects in Shun Kawakami's images appear as works of calligraphy, clearly outstanding from their bright backgrounds, alluding to the existence and, at the same time, non-existence of everything within the boundaries of the artworks. Focusing on the "filled-out" spaces as much as on the "shallow" ones, Shun Kawakami looks to express his visions through his concepts, but also his mediums. He finds the different kinds of paper he uses in his work to be of crucial importance in carrying the message, as his subjects interact with each of them in a very unique way. In a balanced state between light and darkness, the artist places own imagination and reality, making them happen in a single moment.

The works of Shun Kawakami wonder somewhere between the abstraction and tension placed in the splatters of liquids across his digital canvases, and the realism and peacefulness of his forms, which suggest perfectly possible scenarios. Although these are individual works, sometimes it would seem as if they're only building a bigger picture that the viewers are left to imagine, triggered by settling visual hints.


Shun Kawakami
Japanese artist and designer Shun Kawakami was born in Fukagawa, Tokyo in 1977. This versatile artist has been involved in many creative endeavours, including design, branding, video, installation, interactive art and space production. In 2001, his curiosity and interest into different spheres of life has lead him to become the founder and director of artless Inc, a branding and creative agency for art, design and business. Through his agency, Shun Kawakami has worked with brands and clients like B&B Italia, H&M, Nike, Starbucks and the V&A Museum, among many others.

Shun Kawakami is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, including the 2010 Gold Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, for a video he created for a Finnish tv channel. He is also a member of the New York Art Directors Club (NY ADC), D&AD (London) and the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. Shun Kawakami is also very dedicated to sponsoring and curating exhibitions and artistic projects in his homeland Japan and overseas. In 2008, he participated in the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition" at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre, Paris), to mark the 150th year of Japan-France exchange.


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credits :
artist: shun kawakami
produced by Backwoods Gallery
directior: Alexander Mitchell
curator: Sean Carroll
manager: Tom Groves

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