Monk/ Mnich - Koji Kamoji

Monk

Koji Kamoji (paintings, installation) Małgorzata Sady (soundscapes) Koji Kamoji was born in 1935 in Tokio. He studied at the Musashino Art University (Master degree in 1958). After coming to Poland in 1959, he studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in the atelier of professor Artur Nacht-Samborski (BFA in 1966). During his studies at the Academy Kamoji created expressive paintings but after the graduation his style evolved in completely opposite direction – his compositions became much more ascetic and severe, minimalistic and strongly determined by geometry. Since Kamoji always chooses matter of his work very carefully, he has developed a catalogue of favourite motives which refer to his own artistic imagination; it consist of simple symbols (such as lines, spots, circles), commonplace things (such as stones) and the elements (water in particular). Over time space has became the most important mean of expression and also a subject of reflection in Kamoji’s art (he expresses himself not only through classical painting but also though reliefs and – above all – installations). The conciseness of Kamoji’s artistic language, combined with it’s poetic and reflective trait, bare resemblance to haiku rooted in zen. Similarly to haiku, Kamoji combines perfectly designed form with the spiritual, metaphysical and meditation aspect. The exhibition at appendix2 gallery will feature paintings from three series: Small Paintings – Glass Can Be Simple, Stencils and Infinity, Me and Colours, Projects of Garden and an installation entitled The Monk. They will be accompanied by soundscapes composed by Malgorzata Sady. Exhibition texts: Małgorzata Kitowska-Łysiak, Koji Kamoji. Media partner: Artinfo.pl