Naritaka Satoh Solo Show-

Incoherence between surface、truthfulness and reality


2019, October 5 – 2019, December 29

Naritaka Satoh was once praised as the surgeon of art, exceptionally skilled in the technique of transplanting objects from one to another, such as removing an adult’s face and attaching it onto a baby’s body that is surrounded by scattered toys with disassembled limbs. This piece of art demonstrated his idea of a “Dualistic Perspective,” showcasing the innocence and harmlessness of an infant and at the same time, hinting towards the violent temperament all human beings are born with. He then continued this into a series of new works.

Simply speaking, he is especially skilled in using pencils and charcoal pencils. To achieve a come-alive and realistic touch, he first uses thin strokes to accurately make out the figure. He then uses the combination of it with acrylic paint to express its abstract components by repeatedly and generously applying colors to the piece. Due to the strong contrast that forms, audiences may feel a sense of incoherence at first glance. However, as you study and look past the surface, you may, in fact, find that the chaos work in harmony, almost as if they were arranged in an orderly manner on the canvas.

This was how Satoh felt regarding “realism”:

Growing up, I have never been exposed to comics, movies, cartoons, etc., so I am unable to imagine what a fictional world is like. Everything can only be seen through the actual situation to be able to make reasonable judgments. Therefore, instead of using imagination when I make art, I’d much rather pursue the actuality.

However, realism on its own cannot represent the accurate and complete truthfulness.

《Incoherence between surface, truthfulness, and reality》states that the “surface”, “reality” and “truth” are rather uncoordinated. However, between the seemingly irrelevant relationship between realism and abstract art, many inner or on-the-surface emotions seems to suggest a trail of logic. This series of work showcases how an artist attempts to reveal the duality of reality, of how some seemingly ordinary people with their rather common lives is, in fact, masking what really is underneath. People admire beautiful appearances as models may have, but at the same time, they enjoy prying into the ugly secrets of celebrities’ private lives. Humans carry the ability to conceal and hide their clutter of turmoil within themselves with an adapted mannerism and modified version of themselves. The confrontation between the two is the transition of humanity, where the artist is able to capture this instant impact in life, in which the so-called “reality” takes place.