Shun Sudo x Yusuke Ochiai
March 7th - 10th, 2018
Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Onishi Gallery is proud to present 'Shun Sudo x Yusuke Ochiai', a group exhibition showcasing the works of two of our most popular represented artists who work in similar street pop art styles.
Shun Sudo (b. 1977), based in Tokyo, has been deeply influenced by American pop culture from a young age and has spent his 20s travelling around the United States. When he returned home to Japan in his early 30s, he began working on paintings that reference his creative roots both in Japanese culture and the contemporary street culture of Western life. As a result, Sudo developed two artistic styles that reflect the two different aspects of his personality.
His primary aim is to capture his subject matter in a few stylized brushstrokes—otherwise known as Japanese sumi-e brush stroke painting. He then paints over that image with graffiti pop art which makes for a graphically-animated impression that awakens the eyes, mind, and spirit. In his current series “Innocent Forest,” which contains Sudo’s creations of imaginary animals, rabbit, elephant and deer looking, which wander around the mysterious forest – he projects those animals as himself and the forest as the United States when he traveled at his younger ages.
Yusuke Ochiai (b. 1977) in Tokyo, became entranced with the vibrant colors of his surrounding Japanese landscape at five years old, mixing and matching materials ever since. Today, he lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn and has been participating in Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn since 2012 and continues to display his interest in color through his work as a New York City street artist.
Building on this playful engagement with New York City’s public in his first U.S. based solo exhibition with Onishi Gallery 'Poi: A Messenger of Love' he featured “Poi”-related creations—artworks that variously represent Ochiai’s muse named “Poi,” short for “Path Of Imagination.” As Ochiai explains this character, “That’s exactly how I found him, through my own imagination – but now Poi manifests himself in countless forms, on canvas, in concrete, and with paint immersing himself in the colors I absorb. Poi gives me the happiness that I hope to bring to the world.” As Ochiai notes, these visual expressions “represent my emotions and experiences at that particular moment of my life – whether stemming from reality or my own imagined dreamscapes.” Colorful, large paintings fill the gallery like bursts of energy, all centered on depictions of Poi. Borders of creeping flowers, concentric circles of color evoking the mandala, and bright, otherworldly orbs of light frame the unique figure. His works are colorful swirls of love and lust, earthly experience and otherworldly possibility. The paintings pull in viewers to share a moment of connection with Poi, this messenger of love, and envision a dream of another reality.
Ochiai has gained attention through his public installations, namely “poieverywhere,” a project in which Ochiai placed miniature anime-style figurines in hidden corners of New York City. He has also been participating in Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn since 2012.
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