FokiaNou Art Space is pleased to present a collaborative art project between the Japanese visual artist Tomoko Shirakumo and the Greek musician and photographer Cadatta. Tomoko Shirakumo will exhibit eleven paintings from her series The New Creation – 7, which inspired and informed Cadatta's musical production, the album Cosmos – Paradise on Earth. The music will run as a soundtrack to the visual exhibition.
Shirakumo's colorful natural world is full of energy, a calligraphic synthesis of fantastical flora, archetypal symbols and divine signs from the cosmos, rendered in watercolor, colored inks, Japanese Gansai, Japanese black ink, acrylic paint and glitter, as well as contemporary materials such as non-toxic nail polish and glass beads. Cadatta's ambient music reflects this synthesis and the continuous flow of a transcendental world while evoking in the viewer familiar memories and senses.
Tomoko Shirakumo was born in Japan where she currently lives and works, having spent 20 years in other countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and the USA. She studied Fine Art at the University of California, Irvine. Upon returning to Japan, she worked in graphic arts at Nippon Design Center and other companies. Her work has been shown in many cities in Japan as well as Italy and Taiwan. She is vice-chairman of Earthship, a non-profit organization which aims to spread the concept of "Wa," (which means "concord, harmony" in Japanese) through art and music.
Cadatta (Panagiotis A. Stefanou) is an alternative music artist from Athens. He has been producing music since 2003 and from 2005 has made many albums and remixes in the electronic music scene, for companies such as Café del Mar, Etoka Records, Pure Substance, Muak Music, DeepWit Recordings. He has worked with artists such as Hideo Kobayashi, Maria Voumvaki, Ilias Katelanos, nikosf, Alvaro Hylander and Tomoko Shirakumo. He performed frequently in Athens to London from 2007 to 2013 and at parties with Kerrri Chandler, Osunlade and Phonique. He manages the recording company DeepWit Uncovered.