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Through The Grid
Kanata Goto Solo Show

2016. 11. 11. (FRI) -  13 (SUN)
Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
Kanata Goto’s image might - from the point of view of its format at least - look rather similar to painting; simply with lines of threads instead of strokes of oil. Nevertheless, the medium, the creation process and eventual relationship of his image with the viewer is, after closer inspection, fundamentally different. First, Goto fixes the metal/wooden structure following purely geometric logic: for example, a triangle with doubled, prolonged sides is multiplied and opened to form a symmetry and create a rhombus like opening in the centre. Then, he starts to “weave” following the regular notches or nails along the whole structure and using only one thread or few of them that runs out from different points to clash into vibrant intercrossing. Stretching his threads, Goto with his imagination, unconsciousness – with his human side - enters the (indicative, if not totalitarian) grid but while being tied by the media (both the structure of the base and linearity of the thread) searches for…freedom, for singularity, for escape… The process can give birth to anthropomorphic image (face or uterus, for example, hinting back on the structural base, the symmetry of the human body itself). It can create a space with three-dimensional effect and illusion of perspective (although cunningly similar to the bee-hive or the space of the aliens space-ship as depicted in sci-fi cinema). By cracking the repetitive pattern with irregularity, it might push the image into the direction of “sacred” and provoke the imaginary for worship. Finally, shortcutting distant epochs and subjects, Goto’s works recall simultaneously the primitive man, which makes a first notch of creativity, as well as cyberpunk character with his quest to breakout from the super-structure using its own systematic means. And these are some of the conceptual threads we would like you to use to go “Through The Grid”.

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Kanata Goto, Nexus # 1, nylon threads, steel, 70x120x5cm, 2016 Ed.5
Structure Image, wood, metal, nylon threads, 246.5x144x3cm, 2016 Ed.5
Night II, metal, nylon threads, 114×114×1cm, 2015 Ed.3
In the series of "drawings" Goto uses two dimensional plane to research the particularities of his grid and it's ends. Red thread is attached to the black leather mounted on wooden panel. The artist emphasis and limits himself with the act of "stretching" reminding us that it is the inherent quality/function of both line and thread. He fixes the points of the return/bend with the staple, generates the regularity and opens up his grid to the infinite possibilities.
Drawing - Layer, nylon threads, metal, leather, wooden panel, 45x45x4cm, 2016
Drawing - Truss, nylon threads, metal, leather, wooden panel, 45x45x4cm, 2016
"Scrap Works"
In this series of works Goto finds a piece of cow or sheep leather, cuts the panel so it suits the form and size of the animal skin and stretches it on the wooden surface. Thus the form of the work is already decided not by the artist but by the morphology of the organic entity itself. From one side the patterns of stretched and folded threads are distributed and formed based on the original organic shape, from another side they follow strict geometrical lows that incorporate in skin for example parallelism or right angle, binding it with the laws and forms external to the realm of nature. The result is a particular mutant that synthesize in itself both organic with conceptual, natural and cultural, thus shedding light on the phenomenon of human body and its cultural forms.
Scrap Work No.24, metal, nylon and cotton threads on leather, wood, 20×12.5×1.5cm, 2015
Scrap Work No.18, metal, nylon and cotton threads on leather,  wood, 35×17×1cm, 2015
Kanata Goto, Scrap Work No.9, metal, nylon threads on leather, wood, 31×47×1.5cm, 2015
Frantic Gallery
Ikejiri Institute of Design 309C,
2-4-5 Ikejiri, Setagaya,
Tokyo, Japan 154-0001

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