« Aki Kuroda, Cosmogarden-Elephant City » at Galerie Louis Gendre, Chamalières.
Cosmogarden is the generic title of exhibitions by Japanese painter Aki Kuroda, the function of which allows him to steer a clear course through the diversity of his expressions.
Here, he unveils previously unseen pieces, most notably a monumental sculpture, a willowy silhouette tenuously supported in a cage dress, ceramic work but also paintings, dominated by an elephant theme. This figure is symbolic of endangered species and expresses the artist’s dismay as regards nature’s deterioration. Alongside the elephant, Cosmogarden becomes a plea, a cry for help. And humanist Kuroda discovers his latest painting muse, placing it at the centre of his work. Until 13th June. B.D