Photos by G. Art by Tat Ito.
New York! Head over to Joshua Liner Gallery for two really great exhibits! You can view “White Flag” by Cleon Patterson as you enter the gallery. Don’t surrender there! The next room of the gallery features “Memento Mori” by Japanese artist Tat Ito. “Memento Mori” is Tat Ito’s first solo exhibition in New York and it’s great. The paintings feature acrylic, goache and gold leaf on tondo and rectilinear canvases. At first glance, you enjoy seeing schools of fish, swimmers and/or dalmatians in these detailed and extremely colorful works. When you do a bit of further examination, you’ll see all sorts of pop art iconography and references in the paintings.
This perfect fusion of Eastern and Western culture is present in all of Tat Ito’s works. Seeing the painstaking detail of Ito’s paintings mixed with images of “factory art” is so clever as it maintains the integrity of ‘serious art’ with a twist of humor.
My friend and I attended the opening night reception and we enjoyed checking out each work and looking for pop art references. We were able to spot nods to Jeff Koons (Balloon Dog), Damien Hirst (Shark) and Andy Warhol (Soup Cans) and when we spoke to Tat Ito, he was kind enough to point out a Hirst reference (Diamond Skull) that we missed! Thanks Tat! You can see a photo of me with Tat Ito after the jump.
“Memento Mori” by Tat Ito is showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery(located at 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor) in New York through June 11, 2011. Don’t miss it! You can see more photos at The Worley Gig.