On Different Lines – An Exhibit

Gallery Nekogameya

“When you find the small building with the red door, please enter and sign in.” said the invitation.

Guest Book at Gallery Nekogameya

Outside Wakayama, Japan,  a group of artists held an exhibit at the Nekogameya Art Gallery.

Launa MB Karasuno, my sister, was one of the artists displaying her work.  Her series of black ink drawings on homemade paper was titled “On Different Lines”.

I rarely bother her when she is getting ready for an exhibit.  Like all artists, she gets stressed and works long hours finishing up her paintings before the opening.

On Different Lines, 2011 by Launa MB Karasuno

On first glance, her work looks so simple  and I wonder why did it take so long to create this?

But as I stare, the detail and the meaning begin to emerge.  And instead I wonder does she sit in front of her easel staring at the blank sheet, waiting for a shape or an image to grow in her mind?

Puddle, 2011, Launa MB Karasuno

As High as It was Deep, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

Cavernous, detail, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

Or does it come from her dreams?

Different than the decorative art we hang in our house, her work is difficult for me to describe.  Modern, simple, organic, minimal, from the soul are some words that come to mind but they inadequately convey the depth and detail.

She sees something in the world that I do not.

a big one detail, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

She appears to be describing her feelings or perhaps the culture she lives in.

Too Heavy, detail, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

Tethered - not, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

She’s a kind of poet, solidifying her entire expression into one thin line, describing her life in images.

Went Another Way, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

When We Are Old and Still, Launa MB Karasuno, 2011

I think Japan is the right setting for her work.  The exhibit has the feel of a Japanese choka, a brief 5-7 sound unit poem that reverberates with feeling.

My sense is her creativity is not based upon what she sees.  It seeps from the very silent dimensions within her mind.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lena
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 12:29:27

    Very interesting work! Your sister’s artwork is clearly influenced by Japanese ink drawings: the use of black ink and simple and bold lines. The pictures are expressive and minimalist at the same time.


  2. Eva the Dragon
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:40:07

    Thanks for commenting. Someday I’ll do a write up on your work.


  3. LmbK
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 08:54:00

    Thank you for writing all that. Indeed, the emotional content and “processing” time behind(before) each work is what takes time(8 months just to sketch the series). And these paintings are actually acrylic(not ink), white and black and clear, layered layer upon layer. There are more in the series which did not make it into the exhibit because they did not have enough depth (literally) yet. Maybe by the next show! It’s all about healing. Kan-sha kan-sha:Thanks thanks.


  4. Lena
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 15:51:53

    I wish I could see the depth achieved by the lacquer layering! Eva & I will just have to pop over to Japan to see the exhibit! I have seen a Japanese artist use a similar technique with lacquer (if it’s what I think Launa refers to) in this video clip:



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