Masaharu Sato “I Touch Dream”

Ken Nakahashi

poster for Masaharu Sato “I Touch Dream”
[Image: © Masaharu Sato "I touch Dream #1" Single Channel Monochrome Video With Sound, 3 Minutes 34 Seconds, Technical Assistant: Ray Sato Meibergen, Model: Kenichi Shimojo, Courtesy of KEN NAKAHASHI]

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A solo exhibition in tribute to Masaharu Sato, who passed away on March 9 this year. Exhibited for the first time, this show comprises Sato’s first video work titled “I Touch Dream #1” (single channel monochrome video with sound, 3 minutes 34 seconds). Made in 1999, it was the year Sato moved to Germany after having received an M.F.A. at Tokyo University of the Arts. Day by day, Sato had nightmares while he spent a lonely life in Germany. He sketched fragmentary images of these nightmares with charcoal, photographed them one by one (one cut at a time), and put them together into a video. Since a dream itself is unstable and fragmentary, Sato visualized these ambiguous dreams by simply connecting one image to another, instead of aggregating the fragments of a dream into one painting. This served as a starting point for Sato’s works in animations. By sliding into reality the frames of relentlessly traced fragments of dreams and repeated sketches, Sato tried to surface the “touch” that which lurks in between the two worlds: the world where we exist, and the world of the dreams we see. This work led to the establishment of a style using rotoscope techniques, such as his representative works “Datemaki,” “Calling,” and “Tokyo Trace.”



from July 12, 2019 to July 27, 2019


Masaharu Sato



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