Sensorial Realms and Pathway to Abstraction – Dominic Fondé and Kenji Inoue
Tuesday, December 23 until Thursday, January 15
Opening reception: Thursday, January 8 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Agora Gallery – 530 W. 25th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
The original work of two artists in Japan, Dominic Fondé and Kenji Inoue, will be on display at Agora Gallery, NYC.
British-born, Kobe-based glass artist Dominic Fondé uses the process of drill engraving to explore the many narratives spun by both memory and emotional attachment surrounding the experiences of love, loss, trust, and forgiveness. These narratives are explored through image and also by the inscription of Fondé’s own original short stories and texts on glass surfaces. The engravings the artist creates are simple in scope yet stunningly beautiful. There is a haunting quality to the work, brought about by taut compositions, unexpected juxtapositions of images, and a strong dedication to detail. Above all, Fondé’s visual and textual stories aim to explore the emotional weight that objects have in our lives and how their sudden loss can be both dramatic and devastating. Fondé explains the significance of inanimate objects in our modern lives in simple but moving terms: “A glass can hold more than water and a vase more than flowers. They hold thoughts, feelings, and memories, too.”
Japanese artist Kenji Inoue produces stunning works that combine a surrealistic vision with a decidedly figurative bent. His compositions are ambitious and otherworldly, seamlessly blending elements of color, line, and form in new ways to create fantastical landscapes replete with emotive expression. Colors are at once bold and vibrant and yet simultaneously soft and beckoning, inviting the viewer to experience the gamut of the human emotional plane. Yet underneath it all, a strong sense of harmony and balance dominates the work.
As an artist, Inoue chooses not to analyze or explain his art but rather leaves the interpretation and understanding of each work to his audience. To him, within every piece lies a crucial movement just waiting to be discovered. As Inoue explains, “My art has no meaning, no answer . . . [It is] something that can only be felt, not explained.”