Hello Darkness | Junko Go
July 16 - August 21
In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic offered us one of life’s greatest encounters with darkness. All of our certainties were thrown into question; fear and darkness lurked in the back of our minds.
Dealing with darkness as a subject matter is a timely proposition. To me, these works have functioned as a cathartic visual diary, to get a sense of our being and our world. Rather than only being equipped live with more positivity, we need to have minds that are equipped to live with the complexity of life and open to the full range of what it means to be human.
The term ‘Hello Darkness’ is from the insightful lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. Listening to this song has been a strange experience for me, especially in the context of 2020/21. The song humorously expresses despair and existential angst. With a whimsical sense of looseness and spontaneity. My works represent darkness humorously and poetically despite the heaviness of the subject matter, just like the song did.
Duality has great influence upon my philosophical reflections. In Taoism, Yin and Yang are opposite forces, interdependent for each other. Assumedly wherever there is darkness, there is a space that can be filled with light. We have had an awful lot of the wrong kind of ‘so much’ lately, but when we look at what else is happening, we have so much to be thankful for at the same time. How much more than just ‘so much’ is all that much worth?
In typical Junko fashion, these new works are meditations on life, referencing the artist’s interest in dualism and the meaning provided by contrasting ideas. Her paintings provide the opportunity to meander, search, rest, analyse. What at first glance appears a simple motif becomes a multifaceted story, woven over time by layers of paint and intertwining imagery. This series has functioned as a cathartic visual diary for Junko, delving into the human condition and the philosophical notion of yin and yang.
“Where there is darkness, there is a space that can be filled with light” – Junko Go, 2021