Japanese Artist Ayako Rokkaku in Kunsthal Rotterdam

By Kunsthal Rotterdam, PRNE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, March 16, 2011 - This summer, the Kunsthal Rotterdam will be presenting work by Japanese
artist Ayako Rokkaku (1982) in an exhibition entitled 'Colours in My Hand'.
The artist plans to move her studio temporarily into the Kunsthal's 'daylight
hall'. Every day for three weeks, she will be working on an 'artwork in
progress' in a house that she designed and built herself. Exclusively for the
Kunsthal, Rokkaku will be painting large murals, or 'live paintings', which
she creates by applying acrylic paint directly to the canvas with her
fingers. She shares with the public her very own world of bright colours and
recurring symbols such as flowers, animals, boats and houses. A recurrent
theme in her work is that of little girls with large eyes and long arms that
she often portrays in close-up. Everyone can join in with Ayako as she paints
at the Kunsthal. You can watch Rokkaku via a webcam as she works throughout
the entire project, from preparing her paints to developing and realising the

A Painting Performance

Ayako Rokkaku works in a style particular to her; her method is direct,
and she does not use brushes but dips her hands into the paint and applies it
to cardboard or canvas using just her fingers. She begins to paint without
any pencil lines, and with no plan or composition in mind.

Rokkaku: 'The paintings change constantly and everyone can watch that
process. It is wonderful to be able to share that moment of creation with
others.' Rokkaku's work appears cheerful, but appearances can be deceptive.
Beneath the sweet fantasy lies an abundance of emotions, anger, fear,
insecurities and convictions that Rokkaku projects onto the canvas. Whilst
fantasy and fable play a major role, the images remain both credible and
familiar. But the little girls' charming gazes can sometimes turn around to
become stares of hostility.

Ayako Rokkaku

Ayako Rokkaku (1982) lives and works by turns in Tokyo, Berlin and
Amsterdam. She began to paint in 2002 and is self taught. Her career as a
talented young artist was launched in 2006 at the Geisai art market in Japan
when she won the 'Scout Prize'. She became known for her performance
paintings on large canvas. Since her debut performance in Gallery Delaive in
2007, Rokkaku's work has been shown at exhibitions in various countries
including Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

Painting with your hands

This summer, children will be more than welcome to come and paint their
very own artwork using their hands, just like Ayako Rokkaku!

The exhibition is a collaboration with Gallery Delaive in Amsterdam.

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+31-(0)10-4400301, www.kunsthal.nl Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 5pm, Sundays and public holidays 11am - 5pm

For additional information or photographs, please contact the Communications Department of the Kunsthal Rotterdam: Mariette Maaskant, Tel +31(0)104400323, +31(0)6-14437789; Telma Ferreira, Tel +31(0)10 4400321; fax: +31(0)102417638, email: communicatie at kunsthal.nl

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