Chiyuki Sakagami “Positive Transference Part 1: Chinoiserie”

Dates:January 9 – February 7, 2016
Venue:MEM map
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“Positive transference” is a psychological term which in a narrow sense refers to the development of affection toward the medical practitioner by the patient. In a broader sense, this term also applies to more universal emotions pertaining to human experience including romantic love, family love, and respect. In this exhibition, anecdotal tales of figures from the Tang dynasty period––their various sentiments and fate that ensued––are represented in six watercolor paintings. Alongside these centerpieces, a new body of work including oil paintings and drawings are also featured in the exhibition.
Sakagami’s collection of works titled Scriptures from the Birds (Softcover, 26 plates, essay by Kenjiro Hosaka), is due for publication during the exhibition period.

Chiyuki Sakagami has created abstract drawings, oil painting, and sculptures that evoke images of primitive life forms and bacteria from eons back. Her most representative work uses mediums such as watercolor, pencil, ink, crystal, and lapiz lazuli pigment on paper to create a predominantly blue canvas surface reinforced with multiple layers of images. Sakagami’s work has been featured in museum exhibitions both domestically and abroad including Parallel Visions (Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, 1993), Art spirite Mediumnique Visionnaire (Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, 1999), Emotional Drawing (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2008), and Collection Bruno Decharme – collection abcd (La maison rouge, Paris, 2014). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, abcd, Paris, among others. The full scope of her work, spanning watercolor, oil painting, and sculpture, was showcased at the Yokohama Triennale in 2014.

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