AYAKO ROKKAKU
HOLDING AN ISLAND

CCA ANDRATX, MALLORCA, SPAIN
20 JULY – 27 OCTOBER 2024

OPENING
20 JULY 2024 | 11 AM – 6 PM
LIVE PERFORMANCE | 11 AM – 2 PM

CCA ANDRATX presents HOLDING AN ISLAND, a solo exhibition by Ayako Rokkaku.
Rokkaku, who lives and works between Berlin, Porto, and Tokyo, spent nearly three enriching months at the CCA Andratx artist residency. During this time, she immersed herself in the unique cultural tapestry that binds Mallorca and Japan.
The result of this immersive experience is HOLDING AN ISLAND, a project that vividly reflects the confluence of these island cultures through her vibrant and imaginative visual language.
Rokkaku's artistic approach is both instinctive and performative. Eschewing traditional tools, she applies acrylic paint with her bare hands, shaping figures with her fingertips on canvas, glass, and bronze. This hands-on technique has become her distinctive hallmark. Her art masterfully blends abstract formations with figurative elements, drawing inspiration from kawaii culture and the boundless imagination of childhood. Her canvases burst with color, populated by imaginary landscapes and fantastical characters that exude charm and lightness. Often, Rokkaku stages her painting process live, creating a dynamic and interactive dialogue between the artist and her audience.
Installation views of the exhibition HOLDING AN ISLAND in the Kunsthalle of CCA Andratx, 2024. © Photos by David Bonet.

The exhibition HOLDING AN ISLAND stands as a testament to the cultural exchange facilitated by Rokkaku's residency. Her time in the Mediterranean environment of Mallorca has infused her work with new perspectives and inspirations, enriching her already vibrant artistic expression.

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AYAKO ROKKAKU

Ayako Rokkaku (b. 1982 in Chiba, Japan) lives and works between Berlin, Porto, and Tokyo. Her artistic process involves an instinctive and performative approach, as she uses her bare hands to apply acrylic paint, translating the motion of her body onto the canvas. True to her distinctive technique, she moulds figures with the tips of her fingers, whether on canvas, through glass, or in bronze.

Rokkaku’s visual language seamlessly shifts between elusive abstract formations and figurative elements, drawing inspiration from the kawaii culture (Japanese for cute) and capturing the boundless imagination of a child. Rokkaku is known for he...
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