© Ryoko Aoki

Bouncing Ball, 2007
ink, pen on paper, 15.5 x 21.25 in., 39.4 x 54 cm

Ryoko Aoki

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is pleased to present "Ripples", an exhibition of new work by Ryoko Aoki. The exhibition is the artist’s second U.S. solo and the first at Nicole Klagsbrun. The show constitutes an installation of new drawings by the Japanese-born artist, whose gossamer sketches in pencil and ink scrutinize both the natural environment and its inhabitants. The title "Ripples" refers to the artist's ability to seemingly conjure movement across the surfaces of her delicately rendered works on paper.

Aoki's calligraphic dreamscapes are culled from several deceptively simple motifs including the harmony of geometric shapes; a head of hair braided into cornrows; and elements borrowed from the pastoral landscape, such as blades of grass and a group of stones. The lines and images emerge both horizontally and vertically through accumulating patterns, recurring dots, a process of tracing through transference, which results in a certain dynamic surface quality.

The precision of the artist's vision also provides an organizing principle for a wall installation comprised of drawings with ornamental details such as paper cut-outs. As is customary with Aoki's work, the drawings and installation recall a brilliantly intertwined historical trajectory of Japanese influences, from early pictorial scrolls to contemporary manga.

Ryoko Aoki was born in 1973 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan and currently lives and works in Kyoto. She received her MFA from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1999. Aoki has had solo exhibitions at Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles and a Hammer Project at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and numerous private collections.

Exhibition: March 23 - April 21, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm

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