Izumi Kato "Dear Human"
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Kato was born in 1969 in Shimane Prefecture. Having graduated from Musashino Art University, where he studied oil painting, then embarked on a career in art after a blank period of a few years.
He began depicting living beings that are almost primordial-looking, neither fetuses nor larvae. Kato says that "The relationship between the painting and me is an equal one. I do all I can, with everything I have, to make sure it's always fresh." As the shapes that Kato depicts are arranged on the canvas, metamorphosize and begin to take on human form, they appear as though they are floating in amniotic fluid. Sometimes expressed in uncertain colors with no clear boundaries, sometimes in dazzlingly bright colors, Kato's paintings evoke ominousness, endearingness, emptiness, violence, and much else. Beyond all of these, however, lies an intensity that Kato directs at the observer and which can only be described as existence itself.
Commenting on "Dear Humans," the title of this exhibition, Kato says, "Broadly speaking, art exists for humans and is something that humans involve themselves in voluntarily. I'm a human being too, and I'm interested in, have hopes for and expectations of people. It is as if I'm writing a letter to that bundle of beings we call humans." In this exhibition - Kato's first solo exhibition in two years - the organisms and human forms that have been slowly nurtured over the years are now clearly delineated in his paintings and sculptures.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 18:00 - 20:00
From 2007-07-14 To 2007-08-11
On July 14th, a new gallery opened in Shintomicho. The two gallery owners named the gallery by combining their surnames: Arataniurano. For their inaugural exhibition, they are holding a solo show of Izumi Kato, who was invited to show at the Venice Biennale has held a number of exhibitions in Tokyo. Keen to see the next generation of artists, the gallery was packed with people.
TAB caught up with painter and sculptor Izumi Kato at the Venice Biennale, where he talked to us about the ideas behind his work.