Satoshi Ohno paints images of speakers, figures, prisms, and spirals against backgrounds of primeval forests. With a studio at the foot of Mt.Fuji, Ohno considers primeval forests as places where life begins and ends. Viewers are strongly attracted to his vivid colored prisms, symbols of charm, beauty, and allure. Ohno received a grant from Dimlar Foundation in 2013 which gave him the opportunity to stay in Berlin. During the residency he had the opportunity to observe German Expressionism intensively, which greatly influenced him. On the other hand, he recognized the different pictorial aesthetics that arose from differences of climate between Japan and Europe. His experience of this awareness appeared in paintings shown at “Art Scope 2012-2014: Remains of Their Journeys” at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (2014).
This exhibition forms part Ohno’s previous exhibitions as a series, featuring paintings of prisms, and motifs of subtropical forests. His understanding of Eastern and Western art history, and his explorations of pictorial representation are painted onto flat colored compositions, as if to symbolize the era of digitalization. At the same time, his pictorial representation antagonizes the flat color composition on a canvas surface, layering the senses and ever pursuing the possibilities of painting.
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