NEW NUDE by Tomohito Ushiro
Nov 25, 2023 at 11:00am ~ Dec 28, 2023 at 7:00pm
MAKI Gallery showcases the captivating artistry of Japanese talent Tomohito Ushiro in his inaugural solo exhibition, “NEW NUDE,” hosted at Maebashi Galleria Gallery 2. Ushiro, formerly an art director in the digital media realm, made a remarkable transition to the physical art world with his debut solo show, “Pointed,” at MAKI Gallery in December 2022.
The exhibition unveils eight masterpieces from Ushiro’s “NEW NUDE” and “Vague Portraits” series, emphasizing his ongoing exploration of transforming photographs into paintings. Additionally, the collection features sculptures from his thought-provoking “Balloon” series.
Ushiro’s artistic philosophy centers on the deconstruction of images, exploring the collapse of organic curves when straightened through point reduction. “NEW NUDE” delves into the artist’s interpretation of pinups from 1970s pornographic magazines, while “Vague Portraits” draws inspiration from the acclaimed British photographer Stephen Gill.
Ushiro’s meticulous process involves digitally linearizing selected images, airbrushing multiple layers for rich tones and using masking tape to delineate shapes. Despite stripping subjects to essential elements, he preserves integrity through layered and adjusted colors.
The “Balloon” sculptures, exploring the dichotomy between soft and hard elements, visually articulate Ushiro’s reflections on strength in an era of distorted values. The precarious imagery of a balloon squeezed between rigid wood invites contemplation on true strength amid societal chaos.
Ushiro’s creations, influenced by diverse cultures and personal experiences, beckon viewers to a profound visual and conceptual journey. The exhibition invites art enthusiasts to witness firsthand the fusion of Ushiro’s unique vision and impeccable execution at Maebashi Galleria Gallery 2. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into the artist’s complex exploration of form, meaning and strength.
Start: Nov 25th 2023 at 11:00am
End: Dec 28th 2023 at 7:00pm
5-9-1 Chiyoda-machi, Maebashi-shi