HIRAKU PROJECT VOL.11
Soñar dentro de la tierra 2021 Acrylic on canvas 44.5 x 106.5cm ©Anri Okada photo:Ken KATO
Anri Okada

Soñar dentro de la tierra

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The “Hiraku Project” is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. The exhibitions are to be held at the Atrium Gallery, recently established to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art. “Hiraku” translates as ‘open,’ in the sense of ‘responsive to new possibilities.’ We are pleased to present Anri Okada's [Soñar dentro de la tierra] as the 11th exhibition in our HIRAKU Project.

Anri Okada

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Biography
1989 Born in Saitama, Japan
2013 Graduated from Department of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2014–2015 Taller Rufino Tamayo Oaxaca, Mexico(Ishibashi Foundation International scholarship)
2016 Completed Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2016–2017 Instituto Artes Plásticas in Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico (Fellowship, Pola Art Foundation)
2019- Enrolled in Doctoral Course at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
HP https://anriokada.wixsite.com/anri-okada

[Exhibition Summary]
The highlight of this exhibition is a mural installation comprised of 33 canvases measuring 75x75cm. The mural, approximately 3m high by 10m wide, is set in a fantastic forest inspired by the land of Mexico, where shapes of plants, creatures, and human beings intermingle.

Natural features and environment, that is, the theme of the relationship between nature and life, are something that Okada has pursued as the main interest. The title of the exhibition, "Dreaming in the soil (=Soñar dentro de la tierra)”, represents that the artist’s personal theme took a new turn through her stay in Mexico, where the rich culture nurtured from the prehistoric era still remains.

This exhibition focuses on installations of the latest 33 works produced in Mexico, along with other paintings and three-dimensional works.

After studying in Mexico and Guatemala, Okada began to draw while wandering back and forth between the culture and customs of the land she visited, extraordinary scenes, and indigenous myths and poems. Through the travels and life with thinking about all things in the universe, Okada is worried about modern society and questions how to face nature. Appreciating her colorful paintings and installations will evoke a primitive feeling that has been dormant in the viewer. Please enjoy the experience.

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©Anri Okada photo:Ken KATO
©Anri Okada photo:Ken KATO
©Anri Okada photo:Ken KATO

List of Works

1. Soñar dentro de la tierra
2021 Acrylic on canvas 44.5×106.5 cm
2. Inner Forest
2021 Acrylic on canvas 75.0×75.0 cm (each)[Mural installation consisting of 33 paintings]
3. Memory of Hair in Braids
2021 Acrylic on canvas 106.4×95.0 cm
4. Hole
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×30.0 cm
5. Shape of Shadow
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×30.0 cm
6. Shape of Light
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×30.0 cm
7. Two as One
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×30.0 cm
8. Reality and Fiction
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×35.0 cm
9. Inside and Outside: Pleasant Wind
2021 Acrylic on canvas 30.0×35.0 cm
10. Inside and Outside: Shadow
2021 Acrylic on canvas 50.0×50.0 cm
11. Inside and Outside: Moon
2021 Acrylic on canvas 50.0×50.0 cm
12. Inside and Outside: Snake
2021 Acrylic on canvas 50.0×50.0 cm
13. Mask
2021 Acrylic on canvas 50.0×47.0 cm
14. Colored Doll
2021 Acrylic on canvas 60.0×50.0 cm
15. Mr. Pochote
2021 Acrylic on canvas 60.0×50.0 cm
16. Memory of Fish
2021 Acrylic on canvas 60.0×50.0 cm
17. Moon
2021 Acrylic on canvas Diam. 40.0 cm
18. Bunch of Flowers with Blue Eyes
2021 Acrylic on canvas 20.0×25.0 cm
19. Inside and Outside: Key
2021 Acrylic on canvas 20.0×25.0 cm
20. Face of Tree
2021 Acrylic on canvas 20.0×25.0 cm
21. I’m Here
2021 Acrylic on canvas 20.0×15.0 cm
22. Mask: Angel
2020 Acrylic, extruded polystyrene foam, stone powder clay, wood 32.5×33.0×7.0 cm
23. Mask: Man
2020 Acrylic, extruded polystyrene foam, stone powder clay, wood 31.5×29.0×7.0 cm
24. Snake
2020 Acrylic on canvas 10.0×10.0 cm
25. Snake
2020 Acrylic on canvas 10.0×10.0 cm
26. Small Creatures
2021 Acrylic, stone powder clay, wire Approx. 10.0×7.0×5.0 cm[Set of 20 works]
27. FACE FACE FACE
2021 Acrylic, extruded polystyrene foam, wood 190.0×140.0×140.0 cm
28. I’m Watching It
2021 Acrylic, extruded polystyrene foam, wood 175.0×57.0×48.0 cm

Exhibition

Anri Okada:Soñar dentro de la tierra

Organized by Pola Museum of Art, Pola Art Foundation
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art