Kanata Goto, ‘Night 6’, 2016, Frantic Gallery
Kanata Goto, ‘Night 6’, 2016, Frantic Gallery

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.
More about the artist: http://www.frantic.jp/en/artist/artist-goto.html

Signature: Signed by artist.

Kanata Goto | 後藤宙
1991 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2016 Tokyo Art University, Design Dept., B.A.

Solo Exhibitions
2016 “Through The Grid”, Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 “Tokyo Midtown Award Winning Works”, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo
2016 “Atlas”, Tokyo Art University, Tokyo
2016 “Minato Medium Museum”, various locations, Ibaraki pref.
2016 “Buramachi Art Festival”, various locations, Hiroshima pref.
2015 “Tangled Faces, Folded Bodies”, Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2015 “Where Threads Lead”, Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2014 “Crossfeedback”, Gallery Yougen, Tokyo
2014 Liquitex Art Prize Show, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
2013 “Sin-sin-kai-kai”, Le Deco Gallery, Tokyo
2013 “Hitotose”, Orange Gallery, Tokyo

2016 Tokyo Midtown Award, Grand Prix
2016 Minato Media Museum Award, Grand Prix
2015 Spiral Award, Spiral Independent Creators Festival

About Kanata Goto

Japanese, b. 1991, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan