Izumi Kato, the famous Japanese artist, presents a fascinating art exhibition in Perrotin New York, showcasing dozens of new sculptures, paintings, and otherworldly creatures! Taking over the two floors of the historic Lower East Side Gallery, one can explore Izumi Kato’s art exhibition that is turning heads in New York!
After a successful art exhibition at Perrotin Gallery in Paris last year, the artist presents new work in New York, keeping the mysterious image that he’s known for! Some of his artworks are grouped in groups in corners, others are weighted to the floor with stones, while a tableaux of soft-vinyl figures hang down the length of the inner stairwell. One thing is sure, one will immediately feel like they are not alone, the moment they walk into this art exhibition!
Born in Japan, in 1969, Kato explores notions of human existence with his paintings and sculptures. He grew up surrounded by Buddhism and Shintoism, a religion that believes that spirits inhabit all things, a concept that’s present in his work
Opening on April 17, the art exhibition features works from the past five years, made with wood, paper, and rocks from China, Japan, France, the Hamptons, and Mexico. Also, in the current show, Kato reveals new works made using plastic models for the first time. Free of preconceived ideas, the artist responds to the world around him in an intuitive way and seeks shapes and forms that inspire him.
One especially interesting aspect of Kato’s work is the way each figure has been segmented. This is mixed with his agility in working between painting and sculpture while representing the same characters in each. Modern History is one of the biggest influences on his works.
I think it is essential to be aware of the fact that you are creating works while being in such a real world.Izumi Kato
The artist has been constantly acclaim in Europe and the U.S. for his works of art, after rejecting the traditional photorealist manner taught in Japanese art school and finding his own path. Kato mostly works in Studio in Hong Kong, a space on the first floor of a fishing area, when he isn’t working for his art exhibitions around the world.
I had to restart and think about the idea of what a drawing is. I started with stick figures and in the process, these lines and dots came out. I wanted to have my own method. It was about returning to myself with a very childlike view.Izumi Kato