The Griffin Gallery currently has an exhibition of six diverse Japanese artists on show. It’s called Two Truths, in a reference to the relative and absolute truths that underpin Buddhist philosophy. I’m not sure I quite get the connection, but it’s an interesting exhibition with plenty of variety to it.
Let’s start with Ichasu (Asuka Ichikawa) whose pair of colourful manga-style screens are the biggest and most eye-catching thing in the show.
One reason I went to the show was to see more of the work of Yukako Shibata whose solo exhibition I wrote about a couple of years ago. Her cool, simple forms explore the inner light of mundane things.
I liked Yuka Kurita’s paintings of the kind of packed salmon slices you find in the supermarket. ‘Salmon slices are the same per se but each slice is sightly different in its shape. I like same things with a tiny difference forming a neat line.’
Kazuya Tsuji gives us disposable imagery, using old photos where the image is shattered by a prism to create something new, and a cast iron bust covered with tiny magnets, to get us to focus on the hidden beauty of the mundane.
Miho Sato works from commonplace images derived from postcards and television which trigger childhood memories.
Keisuke Katsuki bases his work on digital images, working with acrylic on canvas to try and paint the light that we see on a computer screen in a series he calls Pixel Painting.
The exhibition continues until 11th July. The Griffin Gallery is a short walk from Latimer Road tube station and is open Monday to Thursday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.