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Kohei Ogawa : Over the Rainbow

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1 February, 2024
2 March, 2024
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“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz

JPS Gallery and Quiet Gallery proudly presents Japanese artist Kohei Ogawa’s latest solo exhibition Over the Rainbow, spanning both galleries’ exhibition spaces in Landmark Atrium, Hong Kong.Visitors will be taken on an enchanting and awe-inspiring adventure through a mesmerising world inspired by the timeless tale, The Wizard of Oz. Bringing together the iconic scenes and characters from the beloved masterpiece with his widely popular characters in his Green Cow Garden series, Over the Rainbow breathes life into the beloved story and is guaranteed to be a visual feast for your senses.

The Wizard of Oz is not just a fantasy story about a girl and her dog trying to find their way back home but a parable that teaches the audience how the things they seek from elsewhere can already be found within them. Through this exhibition, Ogawa hopes to showcase how, although everyone has complexes and shortcomings, they will eventually learn to overcome them on this walk down the Yellow Brick Road they call life. Ogawa would be thrilled to have visitors join his characters on their journey to the Emerald City, and this exhibition will hopefully inspire joy on visitor’s path to self-discovery and personal growth.

The immersive exhibition presented at JPS Gallery begins with visitors entering a meticulous recreation of Dorothy’s room, where they will have the chance to step into Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers and journey through the mystical land of Oz. Guiding visitors through the whimsical exhibition with a lush green field is a yellow brick path that leads them towards the Ogawa’s interpretation of the glorious Emerald City, with its shimmering green hues and towering spires. Throughout the exhibition are canvas paintings of Ogawa’s friends from Green Cow Garden on their way to Emerald City, accompanied by the enchanting characters that populate the Land of Oz. Quiet Gallery’s presentation will be a remarkable extension of the exhibition, showcasing a vast collection of smaller artworks and exclusive figurines that are thematically aligned with the show’s overarching theme.

With his unique blend of realism and whimsy, Ogawa’s solo exhibition Over the Rainbow is a testament to his skill and artistry, capturing the essence of these beloved characters in a way that is both faithful to the original story and uniquely his own.


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