Mishiho Fukuhama takes quotidian objects and scales them down in an artistic proposition — almost like a playful gimmick suggestive of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” At the first stage of production, Fukuhama assembles palm-sized miniatures set against a white cloth. The architectural model allows the oil painter to envision a landscape of something so mundane yet unearthly, complemented by her inclination for muted tones and a near-monochromatic palette. Naho Wakabayashi dwells in the same manipulation of reality — a “displacement of space,” in which strange beauty is portrayed through disregarded objects. Many of these out-of-place themes are created by photographing motifs that correspond to the artist’s “emotions and spirits.” The duo are artists who do not dwell in pedantries. Instead, they let the texture and “pureness” of the oil paints create ethereally provocative imagery. Thus, a sense of déjà vu emerges from these uncanny, dreamlike creations in this two-person exhibition.
Image: Star Lane, 2021, oil on canvas Naho Wakabayashi