Ataru Sato


9/Jun/2018 - 21/Jul/2018

KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present “+10”, a solo exhibition of new work by Ataru Sato from June 9th 2018. As its title suggests, the exhibition will feature 10 new works. Sato states of the exhibition as follows:


On “+10”
There should be the freedom to paint any kind of work, but we all seem to be caught up in meaningless rules. I do not create work to explore “newness” or “meaning”. The gist of this exhibition came from wondering what kind of 10 works I would create if there were no boundary between the idea of a “work” and a “scribble”. The title “+10” suggests 10 new works as well as a sense of expansion.


Sato started being conscious about what art was for the first time after he entered art school, and was faced with a sense of confusion he had never experienced before with regard to making paintings. That led him to being critical about what he was creating, considering if it could be called art at all, and if “something new” could ever be possible in this world. His series of assorted scribbles on the backsides of exam papers that might be considered the starting point of much of Sato’s work, exhibited in 2004, did not contain any artistic knowledge or ambitions. But by looking back at the work, Sato says he has come to think that he cannot pursue “art for art’s sake” or “newness” as the purposes of his creation. He simply wants to create. In other words, Sato continues to practice out of his enthusiasm for painting, not in pursuit of meaning or reason. This is why his work has such strong energy. With pure interests in and respect for painting, and without oppressing his impulses but rather by channeling those impulses into the work, Sato’s curiosity surely inspires viewers.


Sato states as follows: “Inspired by meeting people and experiences, I paint from in the midst of my feelings and thoughts. In other words, for me living is the very premise of art, created by and for oneself and by and for living people, creating and receiving. That is how I understand art now. I am still puzzled sometimes, but I continue my practice and my thought process regardless. I do not want thinking about art and newness to be the purpose of my practice, or to become obstacles. I doubt I will ever have clear answers to those questions.”


Sato continues his practice as he simply likes to paint. Since his last solo exhibition “Courtship”, the new works featured in this exhibition have developed toward even richer and more diverse expressions.


General information

Ataru Sato "+10"

June 9 - July 21, 2018

11 am - 6 pm / Tue, Wed, Thu and Saturday
11 am - 8 pm / Friday
Closed on Sun, Mon and National Holidays

TERRADA Art Complex 5F
1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa

Free Admission

Ataru Sato

Ataru Sato was born in 1986 in Chiba, Japan. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. He graduated from the Department of Information Design, Kyoto University of Art and Design, in 2009. He held solo exhibitions at Mehr Gallery (New York) in 2007 and Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo) in 2011 and 2015. His major group exhibitions include the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010), the Yokohama Triennale 2011: OUR MAGIC HOUR – How Much of the World Can We Know? – (2011), and “Inside” (Palais de Tokyo, 2014). His work has been included in public collections including the Takahashi Collection and that of Louis Vuitton Malletier. This is his second solo exhibition at KOSAKU KANECHIKA following his first last year.


  • The end of a Joyride, 2018

  • Untitled breakfast, 2018

  • Things left undone, 2018

  • In those day, 2018

  • Game, 2018

  • Reverse, 2018

  • Misanthropy, 2018

  • License to kill, 2018

  • A portrait with depth, 2018