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The abstract joins the symbolic

They say that opposites attract, which, in the art world, often results in a collective effort that becomes even more artistic because of the diversity. Tomorrow two artists, Valerie Brennan and Chiaki Kamilkawa, will come together at the Apocalypse Gallery in Nicosia to illustrate how works which may seem at two opposite sides of the spectrum can create a beautiful array of alternative worlds for the eyes to see.

The exhibition, which is entitled Synthesiser, will put on show paintings and drawings by the two artists who are different in what they place on the canvas. Brennan creates striking abstract work in an expressive style. Thick and thin layering of oil paint, and the various surface textures, reflect the motion of the artist while making the work. Kamikawa, on the other hand, draws images which may belong to the subconscious mind, and creates dreamlike scenes that tell a narrative of unknown worlds.

While the two are stylistically and aesthetically different, they both share a similar approach to their work. Neither begins with a predetermined image, rather they trust in the process of making and in their own intuition to let an image emerge.

Brennan moved to Cyprus in 1999 to complete a post-graduate degree at the Lemba College of Art. She has exhibited in New York and Mexico City, and has recently participated in group exhibitions at The Torrance Museum of Art, California and at The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Boston.

Upcoming shows include a group exhibition of contemporary abstraction organised by Alan Klucklow Fine Art in Berkshire, UK.

Brennan describes her artistic process by saying: “I like the physicality of paint, to push it around, to play with gesture and accident, the controlled and uncontrolled and the surprises that happen along the way. I do not like to edit the surface or remove what is underneath, I think each manifestation of the work is a vital part of its journey, it marks time and speaks of truth.”

Kamikawa studied at Edinburgh College of Art in the UK and Sandberg Institut in the Netherlands. Since 2011 she has been running the project space Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art in Paphos, showing her works as well as organising exhibitions.

Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo, the USA, the Netherlands, New York and in Nicosia.

The artist intends to create a new world with symbolism in her work – a world with new order, ideas and language. This new world is composed of images which explore the realm of reality and fantasy and refer to various subject matters, ranging from dreams and history to personal experiences.

In her work, everyday objects, architecture, landscape and human and non-human figures are juxtaposed, and then they are carefully and intricately reconstructed to constitute new, purposely irrational scenes. Kamikawa is interested in the narrative role and symbolism of religious art, objects and architecture in both Eastern and Western religions.

Join the two artists and see how their radically different offerings allow them to raise their individual voices and participate in a shared dialogue.

The exhibition will be opened at 7.30pm by The Ambassador of Ireland Nicolas Twist.

Synthesizer
Painting and drawing exhibition by Valerie Brennan and Chiaki Kamikawa. Opens February 12 at 7.30pm until February 24. Apocalypse Gallery, 30 Chytron Street, Nicosia. Monday- Friday: 10.30am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30am-1pm. Tel: 22-766655


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