Moment and Eternity by Makoto Ishigami/Peace and Relations by Hideto Imai

Moment and Eternity by Makoto Ishigami/Peace and Relations by Hideto Imai

Opening reception: Friday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Exhibition 1: Moment and Eternity by Makoto Ishigami

Image: Door, 2016, oil on canvas, 46 x 36 inches

Onishi Project is proud to present “Moment and Eternity,” a powerful solo exhibition by Japanese artist Makoto Ishigami. Drawn to the space between life and death, between concrete and abstract expression, Ishigami paints works that entice viewers to experience the place between dream and reality, and to linger in the possibility of living in them both.

The soft strokes of Ishigami’s paintings are rich with deep reds, shining yellows, vivid blues, and bright purples, depicting figures naked and clothed, in isolation and in action. The colorful scenes are glimpses into worlds where ethereal atmospheres convey the feelings, thoughts, and gestures of the individuals who inhabit them. As Makoto Ishigami writes of the concept behind his work, “The infinite past and the infinite future are included in the momentary thought and action in which all lives meet…” Ishigami expresses this infinite past and infinite future in his timeless images by setting them in floating realities. Ishigami says he paints to give others hope and courage, and through the mystery and promise that his images convey, he does just that.

Born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1953, Ishigami chose to become a painter after viewing Delacroix’s work. He then learned under Tozuka Shuzo and studied fine arts at Ochanomizu Art Academy in Tokyo.


For more information, please contact the gallery at / 212.695.8035.


Exhibition 2: Peace and Relations by Hideto Imai

Image: No1109 Les demoiselles d’Avignon, California Roll, Perspective, 2016,
Acrylic on colored paper, 31 x 31 in.

Onishi Project is thrilled to present a solo show of acclaimed Japanese artist Hideto Imai entitled, “Peace and Relations.” Inspired by the ongoing and ephemeral relationships in his life, Imai creates bold abstract paintings with striking color and scale.

Two series of images are featured in this exhibition, the first presenting square paintings in which Imai places acrylic pigments on gold paper to create different visions of color dependent upon the combinations of colors and the lighting. This series he identifies as expressing the relationships in his life. The second series consists of digital prints in which Imai adjusts the tones of colors in original photographs, and then pastes them on to colored paper. This series expresses his concept of the relationship between positivity and negativity. Deep crimsons and blues are topped with shimmering bright abstract shapes, prompting questions about the relationships between bold opposites as stark contrasts attract the eye.

The color gold reflects light, says Imai, and he crumples and folds the papers in his paintings to benefit from that natural effect. Using techniques of perspective drawing and paper molding, Imai locates his creative tradition in Japanese culture.


For more information, please contact the gallery at / 212.695.8035.

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