Internal Criteria

©Toshiyuki Konishi , Photo by Ichiro Mishima, Courtesy of ANOMALY

ANOMALY, Tokyo are pleased to announce the solo exhibition titled “Internal Criteria” by Toshiyuki Konishi from Saturday, October 24th to Saturday, November 21st, 2020. Born in 1980, Toshiyuki Konishi has continued to paint people with a distinctive methodology based on resolutely sweeping away details with bold, strong strokes, even while referencing private records such as group photos and snapshots of his family and close friends.

©Toshiyuki Konishi , Photo by Ichiro Mishima, Courtesy of ANOMALY

Conversations with his grandfather, who was a psychologist, led Konishi to mull over human standards of judgment and human behavior from early childhood. He consequently acquired the point of view needed for taking an objective look at the human species at a young age, and deepened his thought through the act of painting.

The human images Konishi paints on canvas with brush, towels, and fingertips are both symbolic and multi-faceted. The big curling and zigzagging strokes he makes accompanied by the physical traces of the acts of smearing pigment on the canvas and then wiping it away upset the balance between space and body, which intertwine. The paintings show the signs of repeated, meticulous thought.

Konishi’s paper works made by applying oil paints to the smooth surface of coated paper and his charcoal sketches enable him to feel the transmission of strokes directly to the support medium. The absence of battle with “painting-like things” allows the artist to freely summon a narrative that swells with fictionality into the space.

These works are introduced here for contrast with the canvas ones, which are highly abstract, and play the supplemental role of widening the scope for viewers to exercise their powers of imagination.

  I am interested in human behavior and judgment.I strive to paint something which we presumably know but cannot fathom.Thought and body forever continue to conflict within physical laws. There is a moment when they thoroughly intertwine, when the familiar landscape is renewed, when something makes sense – Toshiyuki Konishi

©Toshiyuki Konishi , Photo by Ichiro Mishima, Courtesy of ANOMALY

The exhibition will show about 20 oil paintings on canvas and about 10 paper works newly produced by Konishi.

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