Have you ever wondered how you would look like if you were an anime character? Would you have sparkly big eyes and unrealistically long limbs? Or would you be that passing face behind the main characters, who often goes unnoticed, and is barely even given any features?
With our ever growing market of apps, each of us can simply press a button and transform our selfies in delicate drawings of portraiture. Such convenience makes it seem somewhat ridiculous to pick up a sketching pencil and take drawing lessons anymore. Well, that is only to some handful of people in our community, as artist Masaharu Sato clearly dedicates himself in the opposite way, by spending lots of his time to meticulously and precisely draw over video footage with a software pen.
This tenth installment of The “Hara Documents”, an exhibition series that introduces young up-and-coming artists, is proud to present “Masaharu Sato: Tokyo Trace” at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. This oil painting graduate from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music is known for his sketch-like animations that diverge from reality in a unique and exciting way. Sato perfected this method in his previous work “Calling”(2009-2010) which drew much attention in Japan. His newest work “Tokyo Trace”(2015-2016), which ‘follows’ present-day Tokyo, comprise the centerpieces of the exhibition. Sato has previously hosted other exhibitions around the world, including in Japan, South Korea and Germany, take a glimpse into one of them in the footage below.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
23rd January to 8th May, 2016