IKEMURA Leiko

Leiko Ikemura Photo © Astrid Piethan 2015

Born 1951 in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works in Berlin and Cologne.
www.leiko.info

1. Memento mori, 2013

Painted bronze

 

2. Tokaido, 2014

Tempera on jute

 

3. Colonia,2014

Tempera on jute

 

4. Genesis I2015

Tempera on jute

 

5. Trees out of head2015

Glazed terracotta

 

Courtesy Studio Ikemura and GalerieKarstenGreveKöln, Paris, St. Moritz

 

A fascination with liminality as the point where light and darkness merge, where landscape passes into aesthetic form and where figures begin to emerge into our field of vision lies at the core of Leiko Ikemura’s aesthetic practice. In her painting as well as in her sculpture, she persistently engages a play with horizon lines that visualize situations of transition taking place on thresholds (…). The transition from one state to another can refer to the moment when paint is initially applied to a white canvas, or to the application of one layer of paint onto another, but also to the creation of a mimetic figure out of blurred painted forms. In all cases, transformation is the perennial theme.

A series of paintings captures scenes in which a girl figure is in the process of emerging out of a range of mountains. (…) the blurred contours of these figures indicate that they are arrested in the process of becoming. As figurations of passage, they are neither fully ‘here’ (present as clearly distinct female figures in the image), nor are they ‘elsewhere’ (still part of the earth giving birth to them). Their transparency merely indicates that they have begun to take on a distinct shape against the brown sky in the background as well as the mountains that surround them. They are in the process of appearing on canvas, even while lingering on a threshold, neither part of the landscape nor fully distinct from it. As such they draw attention to what is at issue in the act of taking shape.

Indeed, Leiko Ikemura’s threshold paintings lend themselves to be read as allegories of the emergence of aesthetic figuration. To struggle daily with the creation of painted shapes involves a sustained liminality given that the act of painting is both part of the artist’s everyday life even while it involves an activity that incessantly re-iterates the moment of transition between an original nothingness and the birth of the ordinary world from it.

— ELISABETH BRONFEN

  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun