Ataru Sato was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan in 1986 and is currently based in Tokyo. In 2009, he graduated from the Advanced Art Course in the Department of Information Design, Faculty of Arts and Design at Kyoto University of Arts and Design. The artist’s major group exhibitions include “10000 Lives: The 8th Gwangju Biennale” (2010), “Yokohama Triennale 2011: OUR MAGIC HOUR – How Much of the World Can We Know?” (2011), “Inside” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014), and “Dojima River Biennale 2019” (Osaka, 2019). Sato’s works have been acquired by the Takahashi Collection as well as by Louis Vuitton Malletier.
KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Ataru Sato at booth A03 at Art Collaboration Kyoto from November 5 to November 7, 2021.
Sato attempts to understand himself, humanity, and the world around him through the act of drawing or painting. Expressing themes such as obsession, fear, and romance through fine – perhaps excessively fine – pencil lines and distinctive brushwork, Sato emphasizes that his works are created for himself. He sees art as being created by people who are alive to express their lived experiences and has no aspiration to create art for art’s sake, art that is novel, or art that seeks to be meaningful. Sato’s images continually propagate, driven by his need to comprehend the indiscernible aspects of life. Born from a core of personal questions, his work is characterized by a powerful energy that penetrates deeply, leaving a lasting impression on its viewers.
Sato provided the following statement about the exhibition.
The works you see here today are mainly pieces that I exhibited in Brussels in 2019. Though I don’t clearly recall what I was going through at that time, when I look at these images, I get a good understanding of what I was thinking. The works you see here are entries in a visual diary of the senses. I feel it was this act of journaling and relieving me of my daily unease that allowed me to somehow make it to today.
This exhibition presents a total of 35 works, consisting of paintings, drawings, paper collages, and a painted box, all of which are being exhibited in Japan for the first time, alongside Sato’s works on porcelain plates.