December 10, 2021 - January 26, 2022
Opening Reception: December 10, 6-8 pm
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
37-39 Clinton St NEW YORK
New York, NY- Space 776 is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Shuto Okayasu at Space 776 New York on view from December 10, 2021, to January 26, 2022. This will be Okayasu’s second solo presentation with Space 776.
Okayasu’s work explores the dual nature of the same thing; strange and beautiful, real and imagined, loud and quiet, chaos and harmony. Through the process of art marking, what he considers as an endless practice of recording and rebuilding, he lets his mind travel freely between the two worlds; offline and online, the present and the dream, and the past and the future.
In Okayasu’s work, a complicated foreground with a crowd of vivid colors creates contrast with a simple and smooth background. Yet, they harmonize each other in the consistent lonely quiet mood. Influenced by the sampling technique of hip hop, Okayasu chooses from what he caught visually and auditory in everyday life and his culture; Japanese Edo painting, anime, cartoon, and combines their essence on canvas to appreciate and represent the world where he belongs to. His world is decadence and surreal, but at the same time, it is true to the actual world in some way and leaves us with hope.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shuto Okayasu (b.1990, Saitama, Japan) is a painter, photographer, and illustrator. He studied Graphic Design at Tokyo Zokei University. Since he moved to New York in 2015, Okayasu has been bouncing off between photo-realistic and surrealistic images which incorporates stylistic elements of Japanese painting and cartoons. Heavily influenced by cut and paste and sampling of Hip Hop culture, he patchworks his perception of everyday life which navigates viewers into a realistic dreamy world.