Book Shop

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Book Shop

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ホリー・ファレル/Holly Farrell
2012年3月21 (水) - 4月14日 (土)
レセプション 3月21日 17:30 - 19:30

★展示会場にご注意ください
 MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY 東京都中央区銀座2-16-12銀座大塚ビルB1

2009年の個展「Home and Sea」では海での生命に関わる道具と日常で傷つき汚れて行く道具を、
2010年「タミー」では60年代の着せ替え人形をモチーフに描いて注目されたホリー・ファレルの新作絵画展
「Book Shop」を開催致します。

ホリー・ファレルは1961年カナダ オンタリオ ノースベイで生まれました。日々の生活のストレスを解消する為に絵を描き始め、自分自身の技法を独学で身につけ1995年より本格的に画家としての活動を開始しアメリカとカナダを中心に作品を発表しています。

彼女の絵の題材は日常生活に欠かせない使いこまれた道具類が中心です。彼女はこれらのモチーフを通して人間を表現することで、人の姿のない肖像画を描きます。アクリルと油彩の混合技法で描かれた画面は艶やかな写真のようでありながらも筆の跡が湿った余韻を与え人の気配を際立たせます。何気ない日々の中で使われ傷ついたそれらのものは、経験を積んだ人間の表情の様に描きだされています。

今展では彼女が幼少期から現在までに親しんで来た本、あるいは一般的にも読まれたそれぞれの年代へ向けた本が描かれ、人の成長や老いを感じさせるような人間の一生を見せる展示となります。一見オーソドックスな静物画のようでありながら、選び抜かれた表情ある本の背表紙はそのもの自体が一人の人間のように感じられる肖像画です。

児童文学から古典まで様々な本を揃えたホリー・ファレルの「Book Shop」をどうぞご期待下さい。なお今展と同時開催でアートフェア東京(3/30 – 4/1)でもホリー・ファレルの作品が展示されますので合わせてご高覧下さい。

Reading was always a solitary activity - I don't remember being read to but I always remember reading. As a child, books were an escape from the chaotic life in a large family dominated by an alcoholic father. Books allowed me to feel strong in fantasy where I felt completely defenceless in reality. My father's anger and violence were a stark contrast to the tales of hope and adventure that carried me through to his death when I was ten years old. I wonder, if not for him, would I be as dedicated to books as I am today.

My first book paintings included books that belonged to me as a child, notably Hans Brinker and Hiedi - two all-time favourites - along with Anne Of Green Gables and Black Beauty, The Bobbsey Twins, the list goes on... I like books that have tears, stains, fading, and dog-eared pages that have survived at least one person's devotion.

I am always drawn to the familiar. My paintings of cookbooks and gardening books are closely connected to my early days of watching my mother immerse herself in either of these activities - regardless of how difficult life got for us, she always put great effort into making sure her family was fed and flowers planted in the garden.

The Medical Book painting stands out from the other paintings in it's more somber tones. They remind me of the quiet confidence of our small town doctor, how once he showed up on Christmas Eve, just passing by on his way home, wanting to make sure I was recovering from my most recent bout of pneumonia. The Medical Books is one in a series of medical-related paintings I have completed to date - like all my paintings, the subject is rooted in nostalgia.

Books have carried me through good times and bad times. My memories of the stories often are more intense than the stories themselves, a by-product of a vivid imagination or an intense need to flee reality. But I am glad to have grown up in a time when books were all that we knew - they were our base for knowledge, our precursor to experience. Being from a small town, when home computers were still fantasy, I was glad to have my books bring the world to me.

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