matchbaco is very pleased to present “id”, a solo exhibition by Mariko Matsushita, to be held from October 7 (Fri) until 29 (Sat), 2016.
“The Human” is the main focus of Mariko Matsushita’s paintings and she is particularly drawn to themes of sex and death. Her main source of inspiration comes from old photographs and masters’ paintings. Her portraits are modelled on herself and her close friends yet remain androgynous and ageless. It is unclear whether the figures are male or female, child or adult. This ambiguity is how she connects with the world and her paintings portray those present in the collective unconscious. Matsushita’s paintings have a unique colour palette that is reminiscent of flesh and blood, consisting mainly of reds, purples, yellows and greens. Each brushstroke is bold and dynamic, nevertheless with a delicate touch. The forms in her paintings come alive, floating out of the darkness.
This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at matchbaco and is titled “id”. Using the well as a metaphor, the pieces explore the depths of the body, sexual urges and the source of oneself. The exhibition comprises of paintings of female sexual organs, eroticism, thanatos (little death) as well as the forces and holiness of a woman and herself as an artist.
“I have a deep desire to become like a burning torch in total darkness. A beautiful fire melting the skin, burning the hairs. I was restrained and had grown roots in this dark and muddy world, but a light shone down on me. I want to keep breathing for all I am worth”, Matsushita says.
This show will be the penultimate exhibition under the name matchbaco that opened in March 2014. From November 2016 the gallery will change its name to KEN NAKAHASHI.