Minami Kobayashi: A Park at Lunar Surface, 1/13/19 – 2/23/19

January 13 – February 23, 2019

Opening Reception Sunday, January 13, 3-6pm

Sunday, February 24, 4pm-6pm: Closing reception featuring a live performance by Naoki Nakatani in collaboration with Sophie Leddick, in response to “A Park at Lunar Surface.” Titled “Sorry, the local train runs too slow. I’d rather drive miles with the radio show that talks,” 2019, this approximately 17 minute long performance draws on the imagery and sensibility of Kobayashi’s current body of work. Performance begins at 4:15 pm with reception following.

Click to download a PDF of the exhibition brochure with an essay by Goldfinch Assistant Director Elizabeth Lalley: Brochure Minami Kobayashi A Park at Lunar Surface_prf

Minami Kobayashi, “Two leopards and a fly,” 2018. Egg tempera on stretched muslin on panel, 36 x 43 inches.

 

Goldfinch is pleased to present A Park at Lunar Surface, a solo exhibition by Minami Kobayashi. Charged with a sense of magical realism, Kobayashi’s figurative paintings combine intimacy and mystery through their depictions of ordinary people, animals, and places that seem vaguely surreal and ever so slightly off-kilter. Using fast-drying egg tempera, the artist applies thin coats of paint in layers, creating jewel-like facets of color and images that seem to emerge from the painted surface only gradually, like distant memories and half-recalled dreams.

Minami Kobayashi (b.1989) ​is a Japanese artist currently living and working in Chicago, IL. She has exhibited at Chautauqua Institution (New York), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Baby Blue Gallery (Chicago), Jeannievent Gallery (London), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), and numerous other venues. Her work has been featured in publications such as Saatchi Art and Frase Got Talent. She holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2018) and a BFA in Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts (2016).

Read “On the Ethereal Effervescence of Egg Tempera: A Review of Minami Kobayashi at Goldfinch,” by Andrew Falkowski for New City

 

Installation view of “A Park at Lunar Surface.” Photo by Daniel Hojnacki.
Installation view. Photo by Daniel Hojnacki.
Installation view. Photo by Daniel Hojnacki.
Minami Kobayashi, “A hyena family,” 2018, egg tempera on stretched muslin on panel, 20 x 20 inches.
Minami Kobayashi, “About undulation,” 2018, egg tempera on stretched muslin on panel, 12 x 12 inches.

 

Minami Kobayashi, “A girl on an aged red chair,” 2018, egg tempera on stretched muslin on panel, 36 x 24 inches.