Japanese artist Koki Morimoto likens his painting process to the natural process by which plants emerge from the ground and grow, an evolution which is echoed in the elegant lines and shapes of his black and white acrylic compositions. The seductive curves and textures in these abstract canvases occasionally suggest such disparate subjects as landscapes or calligraphy, and their titles occasionally evoke nature. The works remain decidedly non-representational, focusing viewers’ eyes on the visual and tactile properties of the thick, rounded brushstrokes and the interplay of light and dark areas in each image.
The dark, sinuous forms that Morimoto’s marks describe — to which he occasionally adds shades of color like pale blues, yellows, and dark browns — guide the eyes over the canvas, at times becoming bold and thick, elsewhere thinning out to reveal the white beneath. Each work takes the viewer on an optical journey, tracing a line over a white space, like a seed emerging from barren ground.