Naoto Hattori (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 7) is known for his surrealist visions that often combine a kawaii (Japanese for cute) sensibility with a flatness that veers towards the abstract. Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and proverbs, Hattori’s works often deal with the inner workings of the mind. In his latest paintings, eyes and heads (both human and animal) are the focal point. The chaos that often runs rampant inside a creative brain is visualized as geometric shapes and biomorphic masses. Take a look at some of Hattori’s most recent paintings.
Naoto Hattori (whom we featured in HF vol.7) makes small, detailed paintings of wonderful “Day Mares.” They look like tangential worlds cross-pollinating, colliding. Carl Sagan, Dali, and Leary must be in Hattori’s mix somewhere; sprinkled with a dose of David Lynch perhaps. I can’t stop looking at this flying owl-faced angel person. It says “Hello, motherfucker. Shouldn’t you be doing something else? Fine, keep staring. I’ll just stare back.” It’s a Mona Lisa-like effect, which is proabably a result of Hattori’s numerous tiny reinterpretations of Ms. Mona he’s done. See the artist’s most recent solo show at M Modern and a few of our favorites here!
Naoto Hattori (whom we featured in HF vol.7) has a great series of small works up in a group show at Denver’s Limited Addiction Gallery alongside the legendary cartoon surrealist Anthony Ausgang and the beautiful mist-like apparition paintings of Lori Field. Check out more Hattori here and more on the show at the gallery. The Show opens tonight.
“Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom” made its debut with a packed reception at The Compound Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 20. The hundreds of attendees lining up were able to enjoy the ’shroom throne and a cake crafted by Dante Nuno of FIRE and ICING Cakes, Cookies, Confections (above). (The dessert was based on the work of Japanese painter Naoto Hattori, one of the show’s participating artists. (See our previous previews of the shows here and here.)
Coming in October: “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of The Mushroom,” an exploration into artists’ interpretations of the friendly, deadly, tasty, hallucinogenic, phallic, alien, and legendary mushroom. The show is curated by Hi-Fructose, premiering at Oakland’s The Compound Gallery on October 20. (Above art by Naoto Hattori.)
On Saturday night, Heart N Soul Gallery in Culver City joined forces with some all-star New Contemporary artists to raise funds for the Aurelia Foundation. The foundation was created to provide funding and support for programs like “Step by Step”, enriching the lives of disabled adults. The charity is very close to home for the gallerist, whose daughter is one of the many young adults that receive assistance from these programs. Among the artists who have contributed both original, new and previous works to the cause include AJ Fosick, Ana Bagayan, Bob Doucette, Clayton Bros, James Jean, Lola, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Martin Witfooth, Naoto Hattori, Nate Frizzell, Shepard Fairey, Steven Daily, and more.