Hiroe Komai: Visible Fractals
103b Dalston Lane
Private View: Tuesday 21st November, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs: 21st Nov – 17th Dec.
Opening times: daily 8am - 5pm (weekends 10am – 5pm).
Komai's practice is derived from acute observations of cities and their architecture, an influence that was forged in the traditional culture and built environment of her
birthplace of Kyoto, Japan. While studying in London the realisation that Modernist European architecture was strongly influenced by this traditional Japanese culture
has become a fascination for Komai, and it is this relationship has been the on-going motivation behind her art.
The work is located between two and three dimensions, assimilating architectural features such as structure, material and colour, and re-configuring these elements
into abstract juxtapositions of material and compositions of form. To this end, Komai uses materials acquired from local DIY shops in this series of collage works:
various tapes and adhesive patterned vinyl for their colour and texture. Like the cladding on the side of much of our built environment it is transformed by the movement
of the passing spectator.
In addition, Komai also transforms the everyday tools of the architect by casting various implements into bronze trompe-l'œil. These unassuming ‘sculptures’ take the
viewer by surprise as the slow realisation of the double take becomes known.
Komai studied at Camberwell College of Art (BA in Fine Art, First Class Honours) and completed her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Selected shows: “Positions Berlin Art Fair” (Arena Berlin, Berlin, 2017); ”Window Sill” (Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, London 2017); "Hiroe Komai Japonská Umelkyna
Žila a Pracovala v Košice / Hiroe Komai Japanese Artist Lived and Worked in Košice" (Solo show, Šopa Gallery, Košice, Slovakia, 2016); "Naapurini / My Neighbours"
(Solo show, Nature Centre Ukko, Koli, Finland, 2016); "Double Agency" (ArtKapsule At Koleksiyon, London, 2015); "The Alpineum Minimale 2" (Alpineum
Produzentengalerie, Luzern, Switzerland, 2014); "Tod und Sterben - Death and Dying"(MGA3, Vienna, Austria, 2014)
Komai's work can be found in several national and international collections including the Gunnar Sachs Collection and in 2012 she completed a major public
commission in Kyoto, Japan.