Time: March 3, 2015 at 7pm to March 8, 2015 at 10pm
Street: OUCHI GALLERY 170 Tillary Street, Suite 105
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY
Website or Map: http://www.ouchigallery.com/
Phone: 347 987 4606
Event Type: opening, reception
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2015
Yuko Katano was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1987. She started drawing in her youth because she liked manga and anime. The oldest daughter and eldest girl among her relatives, it made her younger sisters happy when she drew pictures. That likely propelled her to keep drawing. She pursued a career as a manga artist, and over and over again she sent her work to publishers. But up until she entered the workforce, she only ever received one award – the smallest from a shojo magazine.
A fan of rock shows, she got turned on to different forms of publication through designing posters for friends' bands. She couldn't give up on her desire to draw, so she quit her job and started going to Setsu Mode Seminar art school in Tokyo. During that time she became interested in abstraction. She filled canvas after canvas with rooms and windows, and every competition she submitted to rejected her work. It was a trialing time. She began anew using acrylics to paint human subjects and made work that a former teacher praised highly. Her work's concentration came back to people.
The intrigue of her subjects lies in their presence. Although far from the fine detail of photographs, each and every figure seems full of life. Layering paint, she creates depth in their skin tone, which gives the impression someone might just really be there. The intensity of their eyes is another prominent element in her portraits. But some dimensions only surface if one looks closely. Past the powerful appearances of the women there is adorable, kind, beautiful, frail, fading faces. They may reflect aspects of the lives women lead today, or at least aspects of Katano's. One might also sense an eeriness in her works. At times they melt like landscapes smoothly into what surrounds them. They create an atmosphere both strange and comforting. When called upon, they appear again as people to talk to – not just as portraits. These women speak direct to your mind. At times Katano's paintings give a wide range of impressions.
2010 "Brotherhood Live" at Laguna live house, Shimokitazawa
2011 "Solo Exhibition" at Dining GROOTS, Shibuya
"Kingyo Sukui Ten" at Gallery Kingyo, Sendagi
2012 "Triplet Exhibition" at Gallery Trinity, Roppongi
"Design Festa vol. 36" Tokyo Big Site
"Fountain Art Fair Miami"
"Moll Live Track7:felicity" at MANHOLE live house, Ikebukuro
2013 "Fountain Art Fair NY"
"The 8th 100 Artists Exhibition YES & NO" at Ouchi Gallery, NY
"Jokei Ten" at Gallerie Juillet, Koenji
2014 "Warui Yume Ten" at BALLOND'ESSAI ART GALLERY, Shimokitazawa