Oiwa Oscar SatioJapan
Grants Awarded2001 | Visual Art | United States
to observe contemporary art activities, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in the United States
“A Colossal World” investigates the reciprocal channels of influence established between multiple generations of Japanese artists and the city of New York. While these artists absorbed elements of New York’s culture into new artworks, they also impacted and enriched New York’s culture itself. This exhibition, though not claiming to be a historical or academic in-depth study, aims to help trace the evolution of this vibrant exchange from Japan’s post-World-War-II economic boom to the present, from mid-century avant-gardes to emerging contemporary artists pushing new boundaries.
For his latest piece, titled Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral, the artist used 120 black marker pens to adorn an entire inflatable dome with illustrations of imaginative pathways, mythical forests, and swirling skies. Created exclusively for JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo, the installation took two weeks to complete with the help of five assistants. Visitors are invited to enter the vinyl balloon, where they can experience Oiwa’s otherworldly, imaginary landscape. The colossal, monochrome drawing covers every surface of the 10 x 7 x 4 meter vinyl surface, and is influenced by the artist’s love of comic book art, and the Brazilian urban environment.