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ART HISTORY CONSULTING   -   What is the color of the Wind ?
A spread of paintings in a meditative medley surronds the new body of Rotterdam International Art Fair with works by Rieko Karrer. Inundated with visual metaphors, her artwork appears in a tactile interplay of spaces and geometrical forms using a meditative symphony of brush strokes in elegant compositions.

The subtile colours and the play of light endow the works with luminosity.  Rieko Karrer captures the movements in her meditative brush strokes that carry us seamlessly into a  mystical realm.  The elegant still imageries on the hand made paper en-captures the viewer and his attention.  A lifelong fascination with painting and calligraphy shapes the work of Rieko Karrer who is selected from the Jury Committee of Rotterdam International Art Fair to present her recent works in Rotterdam.  This art fair, which takes place from 12th to 13th September 2014, showcases contemporary art in the setting of the medieval Laurenskerk.

Rieko Karrer, born in 1952 in Japan, based in Switzerland, explains her artistic concept: " My work combines the techniques of calligraphy, Suiboku and Japanese Tempera to create pieces that celebrate the importance of space in the invisible flow of air.  This allows the mind to free itself, and to enter into a state of meditation - something that has intersted me for many years as par of Zen Buddhism.  White is a crucial component of my works, and I make my own white paint by mixing heated glue with ground mother-of-pearl and lukewarm water. The concentration that goes into this process is itself a part of the finished work."

Rieko Karrer's work has been featured worlwide (Athens, Basel, Belgrad, Lausanne, London, Tel Aviv among others) and is held in private collections.  The artist who was taught in Calligraphy in Japan since her childhood, studied Suibokuga at the Japanese Master Roppei Matsumoto class and Drawings at School of Museum of Fine Art in Boston, US States.

Created from an inner silence it is facing the question how to reconcile the traditional literati mindset of retreat into nature with the public appeal for special intervention of reality emphasized in contemporary art in order to complete an effective contemporary transition.  Rieko Karrer prefers to seek out valuable ideas resources for creative transformation within her own rich cultural traditions in contributing different values and views.

In reviewing her complete oeuvre she has reflected a deep impact of sensibility.  By going into the paper, behind and underneath the surface, the painting gains a unique kind of physicality seeking out what lies beyond the surface appearances.

Through series of sweeping brush strokes including meditative restraint and lumination, Rieko Karrer creates abstract patterns that evoke an intensely personal sense of the knowing and understanding of the universal, spiritual landscape.  It reveals a purity of vision and shares rhythm and balance that draws the viewer into the composition.

Rieko Karrer's concept is focused on the importance of mind, body, unity and purity.  While viewing these pieces, the mind  remains in the now, beeing fully aware of the illusory nature of material life.  Please, sit down, stop your analytic intellect, open your eyes.  So what is the color of the wind ?

                                                                                                                              Dr.  Barbara Aust-Wegemund

The delicate and surrealistic paintings of Japanese artist Rieko Karrer celebrate the ephemeral existence of life and the simple beauty that composes our world.  Using both calligraphy and suiboku (Sumi ink) techniques, along with Japanese Tempera, Karrer dedicates  her work to exploring the confines and configurations of space and the invisible flow of air that is ever present, a sacred vastness that the mind, freed by the state of meditation, comes to explore again and again.  Against a pure white backdrop, delicate forms convey a feeling and sense of expression more than any figurative rendering.
Karrer finds inspiration in philosophy, in particular both Ancient Greek and  Zen schools of thought, and there is strong sense of cosmic vision and even transcendence in her work.  The softness of the materials she uses and the way the paint is executed on the canvas bord convey the energy of calmness and beauty, meant to reveal undiscovered fragments of truth regarding the human soul and condition on this earth.  To all her viewers, Karrer has this to say:  "I wish you to have this moment of peace and (the opportunity) to gain quiet energy, to feel part of the Cosmic process of blessing".  

The works of Japanese artist  Rieko Karrer-Sugihara  act through their silent presence.  A special white for the first coating prepares carefully with mother-of-Pearl and the use of glue with warm water too.  The lengthy preparation is already an integral part of the artist process.

Without preparatory drawings, she uses natural pigment, such as Japanese ink and tempera, silver powder, gold leaf and other materials.  Musica  shows a carefully composed and effective interplay of different shapes and materials, that  Karrer-Sugihara is using.  The rising silver powder tail, which connects the various parts in the image as a very soft smoke, is essential.  The delicate work materials is shown as in Ataraxia.  The dance of sticks from mulberry paper, affecting about  floating, cloud-like communication with their top, gold-plated ends, appears as a soft contact between heaven and earth.

The special daylight seems to bring the floating wind God  Zephyr to life.  Delicate shimmering gold leaf and platinum give this airy composition a sublime look.  Impressive works by Karrer-Sugihara tends in their transparency and lightness to a certain dematerialization.  Just as the silent, meditative work of the artist refers to her scope and tremendous depth.

                                                                                                                                Dr.  Ingrid  Gardill

Jean-Marc Theytaz  -  Calligraphie et minimalisme japonais
Atmosphère de sérénité, de calme, de temps suspendu, de lumière diaphane dans une clairière de silence, les œuvres de Rieko Karrer sont actuellement exposées à la galerie Grande-Fontaine à Sion.
Avec Rieko Karrer, qui est d’origine japonaise et vit actuellement à Sion, le bouddhisme, la méditation occupent une place importante : "Je voudrais sentir l’air qui traverse l’espace dans mes œuvres, nous donnant l’énergie apaisée et légère. Utilisant les matières traditionnelles japonaises, j’essaie  de créer l’atmosphère de fond épuré, avec un trait concis qui respire dans la lumière naturelle pour éveiller notre pensée….. " L’artiste, lorsqu’elle crée, entre dans état particulier,  immergée dans son univers, le cosmos, avec une forme d’attention à soi, la conscience essayant d’atteindre peut-être un état de plénitude.
Comme le dit le professeur Stelios Lydakis, de l’Université d’Athènes, " L’artiste nous révèle dans ses œuvres des vertus les plus significatives du Pays du Soleil levant : calligraphie exécutée avec sensibilité, une atmosphère de poésie et de lumière et une impression rehaussée de son subconscient….. "
Les œuvres de l’artiste sont dépouillées, épurées, chargées de simplicité et d’authenticité, une économie de moyens qui nous ramène aux symboles basiques, la ligne le cercle, les respirations de la calligraphie et du dessin automatique.  Les tableaux de Rieko Karrer apportent une ambiance d’équilibre, musique de sonate, de flûte légère qui dispense un air vif et apaisant à la fois.
Elle utilise comme matériaux du papier de chanvre fait main, de l'encre Sumi, une encre noire obtenue en frottant un bâton à base de suie de pin mélangée à de l'eau sur une pierre de schiste; comme fond la nacre, coquille d'huître broyée apporte une unité bienvenue.  Les pigments utilisés ne proviennent  pas d'un tube de peinture mais sont naturels à base de roche telle que malachite, corail, oxyde de fer, de plomb, d'agate. On trouve également des les reliefs des tableaux des feuilles d'or, de platine et du papier "koyori" de mûrier. Un savant ensemble d'alchimie qui construit des ensembles cohérents, traversée de finesse, de légèreté, non pas dénués d'une certaine gravité.

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