September 30 - October 19, 2015Open everyday during exhibition
8/ ART GALLERY/ TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY
Opening reception: September 30 (Wed) 18:00 – 20:00
Artist talk: September 30 (Wed) 18:30 –
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.
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.