Three friends who left Japan a long time ago to settle in Sweden chose to exhibit together at Södertälje konsthall this autumn. Minako Masui showed graphics in unusually large formats as in the suite “from the sea of memories”. Her work in the art gallery with its gray-blue tones shot up several meters in height. Fragments and memories.
Takashi Naraha used materials such as diabase and gray bohus granite. The titles of the sculptures were named “Structure mandala”. “In a MANDALA shaped by Buddhist concepts, Takashi Naraha shows how the sign of pause or interval (MA) was created by the signs of gate and sun (originally moon)”. He moved to Sweden for the black diabase in northeastern Skåne. “It was in southern Sweden in the summer of 1973 in connection with a sculpture symposium, that I came in contact with the black granite -diabase-for the first time,” he writes. However, the symposium was poorly organized as machines, tools and materials were not at all suitable for sculpture. But the encounter with the diabase was still crucial for Naraha. Toshiki Karasawa worked during his first time in Sweden with acrylic painting. In Solna’s graphic workshop, he experimented extensively with a variety of graphic expressions. In the art gallery, paintings were displayed on glass “Toshiki Karasawa’s method is to apply paint, scrape off certain parts and after the paint has dried, apply new paint. Several layers of paint on top of each other give different color tones, which shine through the glass. ”.
Quotes: Sören Engbom, Takashi Naraha, Pia Thunholm.