Final Presentation: Artist in Residence | Shimon Kamada

Galerie Ron Mandos would like to invite you to the final presentation of Shimon Kamada, former Best of Graduate and recipient of the RM Residency Award 2020, on 23 October,from 12:00 – 5:00 PM at Atelier AVL Mundo in Rotterdam.

By winning the RM Residency Award, Shimon got the opportunity to work as an artist-in-residence in a studio at AVL Mundo in Rotterdam. The presentation marks the end of this six-month residency.

This event gives you the opportunity to behold the fruits of Shimon’s residency. Be sure to save the date for this exciting afternoon. Do you want to attend Kamada’s final presentation? Please RSVP via the button below.

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Practical Information:
Date: Saturday 23 October
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM | Festive Drinks & Bites: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: AVL Mundo | Keileweg 14A | 3029 BS Rotterdam

Shimon Kamada is a visual artist who was participant in the Best of Graduates 2020 and recipient of the RM Residency Award. He was born in Japan and came to the Netherlands for his studies.

Kamada’s paintings are full of imagery and delusions. They contain mystery and ambiguity which stimulate curiosity and imagination. His paintings tell fictional stories by building layers and combining fragments of multiple figurative images that are unrelated to each other. The layering creates visual textures by the juxtaposition of Kamada’s motifs and memories. Viewing his works is almost like experiencing nostalgia and occasional tremors of happiness.

In his latest works, which Kamada has made leading up to this presentation, he experiments with rays of light that shape the dreamiest stories. He said, “I think the effect of this kind of light strikes a chord and conjures up collective memories.”

ABOUT Shimon Kamada

Shimon Kamada was born in 1997, Japan
Lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Shimon Kamada was born in Japan and came to the Netherlands for his study. He graduated from the Fine Art department of the HKU in 2020. Strengthened by his Japanese background and Dutch surrealism technique, he integrates particular elements, such as certain superstitions, that might escape recognition from western audiences, or that might therefore evoke very different and unexpected interpretations. This gap opens up the ambiguity of his works.

Throughout his paintings, Kamada fuses recognizable settings from everyday life with fantasy and dreamlike elements, painted with his sensibility. By building his works in different layers, different stories, cultural symbols, and connotations intertwine. The complexity makes Kamada’s paintings full of narrative and association, both for the artist and his audience.

When his works tell a story that belongs to his melancholic, lonely, or embarrassing experience, they provide viewers a sense of nostalgia and sympathy in their narrative space. Looking at his painted sceneries relate to the experience of Deja vu, where things appear so familiar, but the context of time and memory are shaken up. The surrealistic approach leaves mystery, stimulates the curiosity of viewers to make their imagery narratives from their previous experiences. From their various interpretations, viewers give him helping hands to spread a series of fake stories.

Recently the artist started a project of painting on found and used canvasses, letting his paintings and narratives merge with those of anonymous others. By reusing already existing works, he unconsciously collaborates with the previous artist and can create an effect he could not create on his own. The experiment with leaving more of the grounds of canvases visible and open aims a lot of contrasts and references in this series; its collage-like and associative. Kamada continues to find new ways of shaping ambiguous and layered narratives, combining different contexts and adding to the sense that dream and reality might be one and the same.

The usage of reproductions also gave him ideas to reuse images of his old sculpture or video works for painting. Although his works look painted quite differently, they are relevant in the way of recycling old works and recalling decayed memory.