GALLERY MoMo is going to represent a booth themed Japanese modernism with the works of Katsumi Hayakawa and Tokuro Sakamoto at the Conversation in PULSE MIAMI BEACH.
Overviewing the elements of Western modernism “dot, line, and surface” like Kandinsky and Mondrian used, the works of the both artists show the influence of Japanese culture in the lines that used for describing rains and lattice doors in his Ukiyoe works by Hiroshige Utagawa, and in Japanese comic books such as drawing the expressive effects. The works by Hayakawa and Sakamoto share same background even though their representation manners are different.
The scenes in the works of Tokuro Sakamoto have the commonality and give the viewers the feelings that they have seen before, even though Sakamoto painted the particular places. After experiencing his works, they might feel déjà vu to the scene like electronic cables, crosswalks, playgrounds, and natures. Sakamoto consciously tries to interact with the viewers and connect the past to the present through his works.
The works of Sakamoto are representational, yet they also have obstructiveness like the Japanese painting by Hehachiro Fukuda who painted water surface just by describing the ripples. Combining acrylic paints and the traditional Japanese papers, Sakamoto successes to establish his own world in the paintings with the flat surface that is one of Japanese painting signatures.
Sakamoto makes a blank space in the most of his works that artist cuts out the scenes like photographs and outputs after absorbing the scenes. The spaces allow the viewers liberties in imaging. Interpreting the scene that the artist has seen and producing them, the existing images step away from the works that refer to Japanese paintings or Western abstract paintings. It makes an artwork works of Sakamoto by connecting to various things and balancing.
Katsumi Hayakaw has worked on three-dimensional installations and wall works made of paper and glue. The pieces are initially read as a whole - a pulsating arrangement of regular shapes and volume - then as an assemblage of individual components that make up the holistic sculpture, systems of patterns and motifs emerge from the collective.
Painstakingly handcrafted piece-by-piece, he plays with the compositional idea of void vs. solid in the careful presentation of work. While examining the impression of architectural density, the pieces maintain the delicate nature of the material at hand. Hayakawa believes that the nature of the material shows Japanese nature.
In his early works, Hayakawa applies many layers with different paints and chips away at the layers with a power drill. In this manner, the artist succeeded to express perspective and neo-futuristic spaces. Since 2009, he has developed the active motif and the stereoscopic plane expression by making the perspective in his paper works. The works seem like that we look down at the urban constructions. Recently, Hayakawa has returned to his paintings and developed the expressions that are expanse of space, and stream of time and light.
Though dialogue between the two artists’ works, GALLERY MoMo would like to show Japanese modernism.