Dazed Digital

Shanghai / 中文

Emi Uchida

December 12, 2011

Winter is coming, can Spring be far behind? The Japanese artist opens a surreal new show in Shanghai

  • Text by Karchun Leung

Uchida’s paintings are always striking. From a distance, they offer the appearance of intermingled planes of colour. But on closer inspection, they reveal a dense interplay of lines suggestive of a network of nerve cells. All of which can be experienced at a new exhibition at Shun Art Gallery. Accompanying the overlapping of lines were brief swatches of red, blue, yellow, and other colours. 

The impression conveyed by the painted surfaces are of space exploding into infinity. Here were the neural networks of the human body connecting with the unbounded expanses of the universe and transporting with them the viewer.

“I use an eraser to delete what doesn’t sit right with me or seems somehow wrong,” she writes. “And when I can’t erase something completely, I obliterate it with lines. That’s a way of rejecting the past. And the remnants of the past rejected sometimes assume an interesting form.” 

Thus does rejection and obliteration by the artist spawn new content.

Emi Uchida at Shun Art Gallery runs to February 10 @

Room 103/208, Building 3
No. 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai

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