Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard is pleased to announce the second solo show of Shirley Kaneda entitled « Provocative Pleasure » from June 6th until July 25th, 2009.
Shirley Kaneda presents about seven new paintings of different-sized canvases. We find elements of the abstract language she has developed since 2000, namely her complex, undulatory, fluid disruptions, all in curves that recall the scattering of light or the swirling of different liquids. These complex patterns melt into each other. They appear to be shifting and ephemeral, and yet they are stills of processes. They can elongate in space or coagulate into compact blocks that overlap each other. Shirley Kaneda introduces measured doses of slight relief by putting forth the gestural quality of painting. For the most part, her new paintings keep their immateriality through the flatness and thinness of the successive layers of oil paint which are meticulously applied with a fine-tipped brush.
These new works mark an important evolution: Shirley Kaneda reintroduces a geometric composition of coloured horizontal stripes that surround a white-framed rectangular space of degrading colour… Shirley Kaneda already used this geometric language of horizontal and vertical lines in the last century. One could say that abstract painting of the twentieth century was to the general public synonymous to geometric art. These geometric elements seem motionless and stable, unlike the previously undulatory and fluid forms. Shirley Kaneda now juxtaposes in the same painting fluid, wavy organizations and the geometric elements subject to another order and temporality.
The titles of her paintings are oxymorons that couldn’t be more appropriate for our time. By allowing the coexistence of radically opposite languages, Shirley Kaneda shows us visual oxymorons. In a world where all types of conflicts tend to amplify paroxysmally, Shirley Kaneda’s paintings show us that it is possible, with care and understanding, to find ways for different systems, ideas, and people –merely neighbours-- to live and coexist together.
Shirley Kaneda was born in Japan. She moved to New York in 1970 and obtained her American citizenship. She received the Guggenheim Foundation Award in 1999 and currently exhibits in many different cities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard published a monography of the artist with an essay by Brooks Adams.