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Ko Kirk Yamahira

Ko Kirk Yamahira’s deconstructed paintings are a meditation on the relativity of perception and time.

Ko Kirk Yamahira. Untitled (detail), 2019. Acrylic, graphite, partially unwoven canvas, and wood. 46 x 90 inches.
  • November 7 - December 5, 2019
  • Opening: Thursday, November 7

For Ko Kirk Yamahira, the finished painting is a beginning rather than an end. Painstakingly removing individual threads from the weave of the canvas, he deconstructs and transforms once flat surfaces into delicate, draping forms.

This is where he finds meaning, in the practice of becoming through undoing. His obsessive process celebrates the pure enjoyment of the creative act. As such, all of his individual works remain untitled, functioning as manifestations of a larger, ever-evolving collection.

As dots assemble to produce a line, the line forms a circle, and the circle forms a dot…
– Ko Kirk Yamahira

In his self-titled exhibition, Yamahira shares a new body of work made specifically for Gallery 4Culture.

About the Artist

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Tokyo and London, Ko Kirk Yamahira moved to Seattle from New York in 2015. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Japan, both individually and as a member of the artist collectives SOIL and Art Beasties.