[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] Masataka Sato’s solo exhibition “Reality -Dancing on the Edge-” will be held from Saturday, January 27th. The original beauty of the motif is expressed through precise depiction and bold use of color.

Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZA SIX6F) will hold Masataka Sato's solo exhibition "Reality -Dancing on the Edge-" from Saturday, January 27, 2024 to Wednesday, February 14, 2024. In conjunction with this exhibition, we will begin accepting online entries for a special limited edition collection of works with edition works from 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26th.

Special page | https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/art/37179-1454381114.html


Masataka Sato has been attracting attention from many art collectors in recent years for his style of creating abstract paintings using bold paints on pencil drawings so precise that they can be mistaken for photographs, using real people and flowers as motifs. . By using paint to cover parts of the work that people generally think are most beautiful, such as the eyes and petals, the original beauty of the motif itself is expressed. This is what he said in the statement for his solo exhibition “Dancing on the Edge” held at SCÈNE in the fall of 2021.

“Reality is not something that is manifested in surface beauty, but can be seen in the precarious balance that is maintained between various things, such as madness and sociability, instinct and kindness, etc. It is.”

Approximately two years have passed since this solo exhibition, and Sato, who has continued his tireless pursuit of reality, has chosen the phrase "Reality -Dancing on the Edge-" for the title of his collection and solo exhibition as the culmination of his current work. This exhibition will feature a number of new works, including three-dimensional works created by Sato's highly honed sensibilities. Furthermore, in conjunction with this exhibition, we will be releasing a special limited edition collection of works that will include the edition works. Please enjoy the world of works depicted by Masataka Sato from both the exhibition and the collection of works.

・Work explanation

●Flat work《Beauty 2》

This is the first work by Sato, who has so far mainly depicted white people as motifs, but when he was in New York for a solo exhibition, he began to consider depicting people of color as a necessary act for his own activities that pursue reality. .

●3D work《Woman's Head 1》

Sato, who dreamed of becoming a sculptor and pursued a career in art, always paints with a sense of creating images with clay. The work exhibited this time, Woman's Head 1, was created by me as a sculptor as a “real thing'' from the shapes I draw as a painter. This is his first attempt to transform a pictorial image of a person into a three-dimensional work.

・Artist statement

People only see the reality that they want to see. This leaves behind the facts that you are trying not to see and becomes immersed in a world of fantasy. The facts become clear by looking at the complexly intertwined reality not only from a biased perspective but also from a multifaceted and multilayered perspective.

Originally, I wanted to become a sculptor because of my longing for a sense of reality, so I pursued a career in art, so I always paint with the feeling of sculpting. When I paint, I feel like I'm sculpting, and when I'm sculpting, I'm drawing, so I let my senses go back and forth without distinction.

This is the first time that I have expressed what I imagine when drawing a person as a real thing.

The title of this exhibition, "Reality- Dancing on the Edge-" is a phrase that clearly expresses the expression I pursue. I believe that by arranging works of different formats in one space, I can convey more strongly the world I see.

Masataka Sato

・About sales

The works exhibited at the venue will be on sale at the store from 11:00 on Saturday, January 27th. The exhibited works are not available for sale online.

*Sales may end before the start of the exhibition period depending on the pre-sales situation.

・Bibliographic information

"Reality -Dancing on the Edge-"

This collection of works is a valuable book that allows many collectors to enjoy the works of Masataka Sato, a rare painter who is waiting for new works. In addition to photographs of 72 paintings and three-dimensional works, this book also includes essay manuscripts by up-and-coming art critic Hirotaka Yamamoto (Chuko Shinsho, Contemporary Art History, etc.), and provides an insight into what he means by “beauty.'' .

Published | Released by Culture Convenience Club | Bijutsu Publishing Price | 7,500 yen + tax Release date | Friday, January 26, 2024
Specifications|156 pages, B4 variant
ISBN|978-4-568-10576-6 C0071

We are currently accepting pre-orders for a limited number of signed books at the Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore online shop.
Pre-order page| https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/artbooks/730/1100030090
*Delivery will be made after January 26th, the general release date.
*It will end as soon as the upper limit is reached.

・About accepting entries for the special limited edition (multiple works + collection of works)

To commemorate this exhibition, we will be accepting entries for a special limited edition set that includes the edition work “Rose 3'' and a collection of works. For details on how to apply, please check the online art marketplace "OIL by Bijutsu Techo."

Title of work|Rose 3
Size | 474 x 412 x 45 mm (including framing)
Production year | 2024 Material | Aluminum board, UV-cured inkjet print Number of editions | 50
Price: 385,000 yen (tax included, price includes collection of works, all framed)
Entry reception period | January 26, 2024 (Friday) 11:00 ~ February 14, 2024 (Wednesday) 18:00
“OIL by Bijutsu Techo” details page| https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/special/269

<Author's comment>
I believe that the materiality that harmonizes the different materials of pencil and paint is important in my paintings.
In the edition works to be announced this time, we are not simply seeking reproductions that closely resemble the original paintings, but are attempting unique expressions using the unique materiality that distinguishes them from paintings using StareReap, a 2.5-dimensional printing technology.

・Artist profile

Naritaka Sato
Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1980. In 2008, completed the Department of Design, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2007, won the Grand Prix at the 8th SICF (Spiral Independent Creators Festival). In 2017, won the Grand Prix at Independent Tokyo 2017. Major solo exhibitions include “DUAL” (2019/Minna no Gallery, Tokyo), “RAW” (2021/Hiro Hiro Art Space, Taipei), “Dancing on the Edge” (2021/SCÈNE, Tokyo), and “Show Case” (2022) /SCÈNE, Tokyo), “REVEAL” (2022/GR Gallery, New York), etc.

・Exhibition details

Masataka Sato solo exhibition “Reality -Dancing on the Edge-”
Date: January 27th (Sat) – February 14th (Wednesday), 2024
Time|11:00-20:00 * Closes at 18:00 on the last day only <br />Venue|GINZA ATRIUM
Sponsored by Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore Cooperation | SCÈNE
Admission | Free Inquiry | 03-3575-7755 (during business hours)/info.ginza@ccc.co.jp
Special page | https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/art/37179-1454381114.html

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