Gallery 38 is pleased to present In the Water, the Depths of the Forest, a solo exhibition of works by Eiji
Uematsu from September 9th to October 13th, 2016. The show, which also serves as Gallery 38’s inaugural
exhibition, features thirty works by the artist, reconfiguring the acclaimed exhibition The Sky that the
Rabbits Saw, first shown in June this year at the Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA, with
several new works being exhibited here for the first time.
Eiji Uematsu’s works have the power to inspire a sense of nostalgia in the viewer, evoking shared memories
of time spent playing in the soil and a more primordial relationship between humankind and nature.
One senses that the fundamental beauty of Uematsu’s works shows us something vital that is gradually
being lost from contemporary artistic expression, something akin to the simple yet powerful art once
created by ancient people who lived in harmony with nature.
Look again; listen. The artist engages tirelessly in a dialogue with soil and fire, experiencing the joys
and wonders of their intrinsic power. Through this process, Uematsu’s works are imbued with an ineffable
quality that transcends human intentionality and expression, a gift from the natural world.