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Naomi Kobayashi (Japanese: 小林 尚美, Hepburn: Kobayashi Naomi, born 1945) and is a Japanese textiles, paper, installation and sculpture artist.[1]

Naomi Kobayashi
Born1945
EducationMusashino Art University
Known forPaper, Textiles,Installation Sculpture

Early life and educationEdit

Naomi Kobayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lives in Kyoto, Japan.[2] She studied textiles, printing and weaving at Musashino Art University[3]. She graduated in 1969.[3] She was married to the late Masakazu Kobayashi, with whom she collaborated.[3]

CareerEdit

Early workEdit

Kobayashi started out as a weaver but became entranced by thread, by the paradox that she described as "so gentle" and "so strong".[4]. For the next fifteen years she explored the soft yet strong paradox in wall reliefs and sculptures.[3] This involved using her own off-loom technique where she glued strands of yarn next to each other on a board creating a ribbed texture[3]. On top of this she placed layers of fibre in parallel to this texture, which she built up to create a three-dimensional profile[3]. These pieces dealt with the linearity of fibre, while introducing the element of volume[3]

Later workEdit

In 1987 Kobayashi made a shift in her practice,using the same technique of building up using glue, she created a free hanging ring..[3] While her early work focused on solids, these later works focused on voids.[3] While her early work stayed in her thematic red and what, the later work has shifted some, including pink, which she said was white reflecting red.[3] The scale of many of these pieces is monumental, as she received many architectural commissions during this period[3]

ThemesEdit

Formal contrasts are at the core of Kobayashi's work; the relationship of horizontal to vertical, of soft to solid straight to curved and ying to yang..[3] For Kobayashi, the properties of her materials convey metaphysical messages.[3] The cosmos and nature are themes She deals with, as well as "singing" with thread[3]

Major ExhibitionsEdit

Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present.Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA, Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, USA, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA, 2015[3]

Tradition Transformed: Contemporary Japanese Textile Art and Fiber Sculpture: Sheila Hicks, Masakazu Kobayashi, Naomi Kobayashi, Chiaki Maki, Kaori Maki, Toshio Sekiji, Hiroyuki Shindo, Chiyoko Tanaka, Jun Tomita. Browngrotta Gallery, Wilton, Conn. USA

Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles. The Museum of modern art NYC, USA, 1998

Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie [ Laussane Biennale] Laussane, Switzerland, 1977, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1992 ( with Masakazu Koyayashi)

FiberWorks—Europe and Japan. National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo & National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Japan, 1976

Galleries RepresentationEdit

Art2 Gallery in Singapore[5]

Public collectionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "個性が響き合う共有空間". Kyoto Shinbun. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ Porter, edited by Jenelle (2014). Fiber : sculpture 1960–present. p. 208. ISBN 9783791353821.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Porter, edited by Jenelle; Parrish, Sarah (2014). Fiber : sculpture 1960–present. ISBN 9783791353821.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Koumis], [edited by Matthew; Reiter, Laurel; Kawashima, Keiko (1997). Art of the Worlkd: Japan (2. udg. ed.). Winchester: Telos. p. 63. ISBN 9780952626749.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "NAOMI KOBAYASHI". Art-2 Gallery. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Naomi Kobayashi | A Drop Of Cosmos '95 – 2 | The Met". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  7. ^ McCarty, Cara; McQuaid, Matilda (2000). Structure and Surface Contemporary Japanese Textiles ; [publ. on the occasion of the Exhibition "Structure and Surface, Contemporary Japanese Textiles" ; The Museum of Modern Art, New York ... and The Saint Louis Art Museum ; November 12, 1998 to January 26, 1999] (3. pr. ed.). New York: Abrams [u.a.] ISBN 0870700766.