Konoike Tomoko caught my attention with her “Story Series” (2004-2006) of massive paintings presented in reverse order from Chapter Four to Chapter One.

In her recent solo exhibition, entitled “Inter-Traveller,” Konoike discovers the roots of human imagination in the state of mind of a traveler who crosses various borders and travels to the center of the earth, an invisible world that lies at our feet. In addition to some of Konoike’s best-known works featuring her signature creatures, including six-legged wolves, the ball-like faceless creature called “mimio,” leg-only children in red sneakers, and knives flying around the sky, the exhibition will incorporate a large installation comprising new works with sound. It will invite viewers on a trip via the center of the earth to discover the fount of imagination in our everyday world.

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