Naoto Hattori‘s creatures are both vivid and dreamlike, rendered in vibrant acrylics. The Japan-born artist creates absorbing work teeming with innocence. Each bends expectation and reality into beings alternate between disconcerting and ambrosial. Hattori was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
On August 15th, New York welcomed a new gallery, Haven Gallery, with their inaugural exhibition inspired by the idea of safe havens. Their first group of artists have wide ranging styles, many sharing whimsical qualities: Matt Dangler, Kukula (HF Vol. 7), Kari-lise Alexander, Nicomi Nix Turner, Dan Quintana (HF Vol. 27), Shaun Berke, Tom Bagshaw, Naoto Hattori (HF Vol. 7), Zoe Byland, Brian Mashburn, Regan Rosburg, Aunia Kahn, Caitlin McCormack, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Redd Walitzki, and Nom Kinnear King. Their subjects span still life, landscapes, and figurative works, suggesting that refuge can be found both in the physical as well as within oneself.
Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles just announced that they are moving to a new space, and they are saying goodbye to their Circa gallery with one of their most popular group exhibitions, “Art Collector Start Kit 3”. Opening this Saturday, the exhibit (previously covered here) annually showcases smaller works from both well established and new names in the New Contemporary scene. This year’s show is no less eclectic and presents 12″ x 12″ sized pieces from Brandi Milne, Hannah Yata, Hikari Shimoda (HF Vol. 29), Hirabayashi Takahiro, KiSung Koh, Korin Faught, Lori Nelson, Lu Cong, Naoto Hattori (HF Vol. 7 and 35), Yoh Nagao, and Yoko d’Holbachie (HF Vol. 6 cover artist), among over 30 artists.
New York-based artist Naoto Hattori, first featured in HF Vol. 7 and most recently, HF Vol. 35, creates dreamy paintings that are snap shots from his visionary world. It is there in the private recesses of his consciousness where his subjects thrive, he says. Opening July 18th, Hattori’s next exhibition at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles titled “Genesis” delves even deeper into the artist’s mind – where we dare to think about our creation and place in the universe. See more after the jump.
Expression-wise, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the eyes in Japanese artist Naoto Hattori’s recent portraits of young women. Sometimes they’re as large, all seeing, and innocent as anything you’d find in Japanese anime. Sometimes they’re sinister, black pinprick holes that mask or otherwise portend malicious intent. What are extraordinary are the heads and faces. They combine elements of Odilon Redon, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Day of the Dead iconography. The single eye that covers a cat’s face; faces constructed from unexpected organic shapes; a Cheshire Cat that emerges grinning from the top of an exploded head; and a skull. Even the ones that look normal either have henna-like markings on the scalp or else look like death portraits.
For his upcoming solo show, “REM” at Santa Monica’s Copro Gallery, Naoto Hattori (first featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 7) created a series of paintings that could easily be mistaken for digital renderings with their deceptively 3D-looking precision. Hattori has long professed his interest in exploring dreams in his work, but for “REM,” he doesn’t attempt to take his viewers through a complete dream sequence, instead focusing on a single key detail or symbolic element in each piece. The results are earth-toned and hallucinatory, brimming with geometric details. Take a look at some of the works in the show after the jump and see “REM” July 27 through August 10.