Takafumi Asakura The Transcendence of the Primordial Heavens (2021)


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The Transcendence of the Primordial Heavens (2021)
The artist’s lyricism stems from his ability to juxtapose the traditional with the progressive, with the ancient material that is black ink painted upon the most contemporary of materials that is aluminum leaf, and with calligraphy providing the figurative backdrop for the metaphysical incarnations of the gods in abstraction. For his latest work “The Transcendence of the Primordial Heavens”, Asakura captures the God of the Storm in all his ebullient energies that have been captured in flowing, roaring abstraction, with the artist’s trademark calligraphy filling the negative space with text taken word for word from an ancient 8th century Japanese book on Shinto mythology, the Kojiki. As with the best of Asakura's paintings, there lies within an enthralling and potent danger, an utter and immediate urgency of mythic proportions that is at once epic and visceral, poignantly capturing the above and beyond.
Black ink on aluminum leaf, mounted on 3 individual panels
H184.2 x W280.5 cm


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