Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yasuto Sasada @ CATM Chelsea - "SYNAPSE"

CATM Chelsea (CATMchelsea.com)
500 W 22nd Street - (cross: 10th Avenue)
Hours: T-F: 1-7pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm, M: closed
Exhibition open until December 4, 2011

Keiko Ota, John Dabu, Yasuto Sasada, Keisuke Sasada

Earlier this month, Yasuto Sasada, a diplomatic 26-year-old from Okyama, Japan, took his first step on American soil. The occasion for the trip was Sasada’s first exhibition outside his native country, currently on display at CATM Chelsea.

Sasada’s weapon of choice is a 0.3mm pen – he has an arsenal of them, each slightly more used than the next, translating to numerous shades of black and gray. You’ll find images below of Sasada’s work, but to appreciate the acuity of his penmanship, you have to see these drawings in person. Each canvas is obsessively detailed – so elaborate that the average piece takes one month to complete; that’s even more impressive considering Sasada is a workhorse, clocking 16 hours of drawing on a normal day.

Many of Sasada’s pieces consist of either Japanese mythological creatures or members of the animal kingdom. The inner-working of each figure is where the artist incorporates a complex maze of tubing, pipes, wires, fans and a slew of other objects found at manufacturing plants. Viewing the entirety of each work, one can see the artist’s heritage and principles take shape. There is a sense of disappointment in human selfishness and ignorance, follies that create the hideous byproduct of environmental seppuku. However, Sassada is not interested in promoting a bucolic paradise; disappointment splinters against an admiration for his hometown’s industrial past and ancestral accomplishments.

The exhibition at CATM consists of work produced throughout the previous three years. Artists, head over and take note of Sasada’s remarkable technique. Collectors, you might want to be one of the first to own work by what could be an international star in the making. It will certainly be interesting to see what progress is made in Sasada’s future body of work.

Special thanks to Keiko Ota for her fine work as interpreter.

More links on Yasuto Sasada's SYNAPSE:
A Figure Flattens Japanese Artworld with Robust Tradition (on-verge.org)
SYNAPSE, By Yasuto Sasada, Eye-Catching and Whimsical (Scallywag & Vagabond)











Top photograph by Art-Chelsea
All other images courtesy of the artist and CATM Chelsea

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