Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa is delighted to announce the exhibition “AY-O SCREENPRINTS by Kenryo Sukeda” as a related project of the current exhibition “AY-O RAINBOW 88” being held in Karuizawa New Art Museum. Known as the “Rainbow Artist”, Ay-O (real name: Takao Iijima) is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been exhibited worldwide. Focusing on inherent multiplicity of the print, which can be also said a product of the modern civilization, Ay-O has positively adopted the print works into his creation.
Starting from copperplate engraving and lithograph, he embarked on the production of screen print from the midst 60’s because he had noticed that it would be the best medium to express the colors of Rainbow.

The late Tokuzo Okabe and Kenryo Sukeda, those who gained credibility for Ay-O, have been in charge of the whole printing process by developing solid cooperative environment*1.
This exhibition features Ay-O’s precious screen print’s collection produced by the latter, Kenryo Sukeda, who has devoted himself to the co-production with Ay-O for a half century. It would be our great pleasure if Ay-O’s intense world of rainbow could make a lasting impression on the heart of the viewers.

*1 After the death of Okabe in 2006, only Sukeda has been in charge.

Karuizawa Gallery2


1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (October – June) , 10:00 – 18:00 (July – September)
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Ay-O, known as the "rainbow artist", for his use of colorful, rainbow-striped motifs in his artwork to break through the constructs of painting. Other aspects of Ay-O's activities include experiments with tactile and other perceptual art, events with the international avant-garde art movement Fluxus, and printmaking throughout his life. His choices in various places of different environments, makes him a precursor of today's Happenings and installations. The "Hydrā", made in 1961-62, is a device made of a cylindrical aluminum body with light bulbs situated within six lanterns, and is associated with the multi-headed serpentine in Greek mythology. The light bulbs inside the lanterns, emit an artificial light and the upward airflow generated by the heat acts on the propellers causing the mounted lanterns around the shaft, to rotate in a natural phenomenon. The light overflowing from the lanterns reflects on the movement of the rotating lanterns. It then transfers on to the main body of the work, the aluminum plate, creating a fluid pattern reminiscent of intertwining snakes in a light spectacle on the walls and ceiling of the exhibition room. "Hydrā" is installed in the first half of the 5th exhibition room and every object located within the space is enveloped by the light created by this device, becoming a piece that is part of Ay-O's environmental art.



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