Usual Day Collecting / 30.10.2012 – 24.11.2012
“I began to search throughout these small things to my works. At first it did not have nature of artistic work, but rather of personal collection. I collected in my studio pebbles and leaves which particularly intrigued me.
I created an outdoor project entitled “Daily Collection” [Codzienna kolekcja], which was particularly addressed to children. I made a cone out of organza and I hung it on the cable in the square. For ten days the cone was filled with leaves, dead insects and other things that children found.
I realized that all the things collected inside the cone were of the same size and shape – I called them ‘ko’ (Japanese classifier of small items). I could not resist the impression that only apparently, due to their large number, these items seemed to be the same, but in fact each had its own unique shape and personality. “
“During the exhibition held in 2005 children could experience “ko” that is the eternal cycle and routine where seemingly ordinary things were transformed into art. The attention should be paid to these small things in order to experience small enlightenment through everyday life.
Since then I started to collect “ko” in various forms, in which it appears in everyday life, and thus I created works which show the status of my collection.
I would be extremely happy if one- and two-dimensional landscapes collected in this exhibition could help to experience the ‘moment’ of nature and ‘emptiness’, which I consider to be a manifestation of Japan’s traditional beauty.
I started to collect “ko” in various forms, in which it appears in everyday life, and thus I created works which show the status of my collection.”
With these words the Japanese artist Mayuko Sumioka encourages us to see the extraordinary exhibition at Ral9010 gallery in Warsaw. She invites us to commune in the world of only seeming abstraction where whites and grays govern and their wide range of shades introduce the mood of serenity, so extremely valuable in today’s reality. Mayuko Sumioka was born in Hyogo (Japan). She graduated from the Osaka University of Art. She received her master’s degree in 1998, but since 1994 she actively participated in artistic life. Originally, she exhibited in her family town Hoygo and in Fukui. Since 1997 she finally appeared in Osaka’s galleries. She participated in many individual and collective exhibitions. In 1997 her works were exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during the Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan. Several times she participated in art workshops taken place in Europe. In 2009 she came to Poland for the first time to take part in the International Meetings of Artists in Marianowo. Presented in the Ral9010 gallery exposition is her first individual exhibition outside Japan. Mayuko is a painter. She created mainly in acrylic technique. at the same time enriching her works with elements as silk or organdy. Can such works be called collages? It seems that her works are more like classical painting, and thanks to attached piece of silk of a canvas size, she tries to multiply the impression of delicacy and structural richness of presented works. Usually, she allows herself to do experiments, contact with recipients, participate in creating art as a realization implementation in the urban space.