His visit to the U.S army base in Yokota on the very first day of the Iraqi war inspired him to create his first series “Yokota US Air Base”.
While searching for a place where he can feel that the war had actually begun somewhere close to where he lived, he found a cedar planted in the base surrounded by walls. The tree, which exists as a form of nature in artificially isolated space from the outer world deeply inspired him, not like other trees that he usually sees.
After this experience, his works started to contain elements such as closed atmosphere, both contract and fusion of nature and artifact, and reconsideration of sense of space regarding a relation between the nature and himself.
In huge paintings, he expresses forests in his image or trees grown inside a room with a dynamic, rather expressive touch. During Koshikijima Art Project, which he participated in 2004, he actually lived in a subtropical island in Kagoshima for a while. Later, combining the experience on the island and his daily life in apartment in Tokyo, he created a series called “sleep in jungle”. Showing his apartment with big speakers getting invaded by the jungle in his memory, it expresses the contact point of memory and body from feeling the nature inside the room. In PRAHA project he participated under the support of Sapporo Artist in Residence, he lived and worked in Sapporo, Hokkaido for 2 months. In these works created in Sapporo, we can also see a recurrence for the nature, which almost seems ritual.
In the new exhibition “acid garden”, installations using trees and soil will be exhibited as well as paintings. The tree trunk tied up with an orange hose seems like a cut up version of the nature that still tries to accord with human beings while being restricted by them. Smashed up soil draws patterns on the floor like a sand painting, and the whole space is put together sensuously in his image.
We hope you will not miss this opportunity, which is going to be his first one-man show.
Satoshi Ohno is based in the foot of Mt. Fuji, which embraces ocean of trees. It’s a harsh environment where life and death are repeated, but is also like a cradle and mother’s body that gives birth and nurture various lives. Inspired by the environment, his self-portraits and paintings depicting primeval forests evoke sharp and inherent human senses that are vitalized by the natural pressures felt from the wilderness. His “Prism” series depicts geometrical and man-made beauty as a symbol of the human civilization, and the aggressive and violent progress of the post-modern worldwide capitalism, yet exploring something simply beautiful at the same time. The relationship between the self-portraits from primeval forests and the “Prism” of human civilization may have similarity with the tension depicted in the scene where the black geometrical monolith appears in front of people and animals in the natural scenery in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
Satoshi Ohno was born in 1980 in Gifu. He received B.A. from Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo in 2004, and currently lives and works in Yamanashi, Japan. His major solo exhibitions include “Prism Violet” at The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Hawaii (2007), “PROPHET” (2009) “BYE BYE SUNSET” (2013) at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, “Beautiful Dreaming.”(2015) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery. He has participated in many museum group exhibitions including “Art Scope 2012-2014 – Remains of Their Journeys” at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo(2014), “The Way of Painting” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo(2014), and “Takahashi Collection 2014 Mindfulness!” at Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi. Recently, he jointed a group exhibition “Come after Magic” at aura gallery taipei, Taipei (2015). His work is included in the public collections such as The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Hara Museum of contemporary art, Tokyo, and The JAPIGOZZI Collection and National Gallery of Victoria.