Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter: Quick Turn Structure
|When||6 Feb 2014 - 6 Mar 2014|
|Where||The NJCU Visual Arts Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 100 Culver Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Artist Reception: Wednesday, February 12, 5-8pm
Live Painting Performance: Saturday, March 1, 3pm
The Visual Art Gallery at NJCU proudly presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the Tokyo-born Italian-Japanese artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, titled, Quick Turn Structure. “Quick Turn Structure” is the term coined by Ōyama himself for his signature black and white angular motif, which multiplies to fill the space. While QTS originally developed from visual language in graffiti culture, it is not a “tag” for name writing. Despite its resemblance to an arrow shape and some letters, it does not reference anything and it functions as pure abstraction.
In graffiti, the act of writing name is done in city space to get attention from general public. QTS, as an abstracted linear order extracted from graffiti lettering, is not essentially rooted in any specific medium, and goes beyond the borders with flexibility of application to various conditions of different surfaces and scales. In this exhibition, Ōyama presents a site-specific mural painting, wall-encompassing canvas paintings, as well as a series of small works on paper in which he experiments with the found figurative images, such as portraits of historical figures.
Born in Tokyo in 1983 to a German-Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama grew up in Japan while visiting Northern Italy every summer over two decades. His initial interest in graffiti in Italy led to his creation of “Quick Turn Structure” around the mid-2000s and he continued to develop his visual style after attending an MFA program at the Tokyo University of The Arts. His recent engagements include: a commission for the Japanese fashion brand, COMME des GARÇONS for its Paris Collection 2012 S/S; participation in the Artist in Residence program at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City; and the group show “Generating Visuals – Inspiring Circuits” at Takuro Someya Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
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