September 23rd until December 19th, 2015
September 22nd, 2015, 7 – 9 pm
objects und paintings
Dear friends of the gallery,
We would like to advise you of our upcoming exhibition of Ryuichi Ohira.
For the first time the gallery Vera Munro will present the works of our new Japanese
The sculptures show Japanese godheads, which turned into man-shape. The Shintoism in
Japan worships gods in an apparitional, phantasmal way. They exist within the nature and
environment without turning into real forms. Hence it is imaginable that they appear on
earth depicting a human being or an animal.
Ohira’s sculptures, for example Umaosa Chigo, refer to the Gion festival in Kyoto, where a
little boy riding a horse represents a man-shaped god. He is verifying on the manhood’s
beliefs, faith and adoration.
The small, filigree wooden sculptures are adorned with leaf gold and carvings.
They are made out of wood from the Zelkova plants, which grow in Southwest and East
Asia. Their extraordinary colour comes from burning and carbonization.
Ohira’s paintings are less figurative. He shows monochrome, black patters made out of
plywood. They have interesting woodcarvings, which are also blackened due to carbonation.
The artist uses leaf gold, mostly for framing them.
It would be a pleasure to have your report on our exhibition.
In case you should be interested in an interview or further
material, please let us know. The artist is going to be present