Ryoko Aoki

Kodama Gallery

Ryoko Aoki exemplifies the tendency among younger Japanese artists to invent an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary by transforming everyday objects and exploring the work of perception through simple childlike actions. Aoki’s main medium is drawing. She accumulates fragments of images from sources such as advertisements, children’s encyclopedias, and fabric designs, creating unique pictures in which far-fetched things are connected through the metonymical associations that condense or displace details. Her neutral lines encourage these associative links: Long trajectories trace contours and connect items from different realms of experience, while repeated, short, tremulous lines conjure up diverse images unified by the use of repeated folding patterns. In the past, Aoki has shown drawings that connect diverse phenomena through formal analogy, as when, in Crappy Sight, 2002, a rain cloud, the

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