Yusuke Ochiai POI A Messenger of Love
November 2 – December 9 2017
Opening Reception Thursday November 2 6-8pm
Onishi Gallery 521 W 26th Street New York NY 10001
Onishi Gallery is proud to present Poi A Messenger of Love the first U.S.-based solo exhibition of Japanese artist Yusuke Ochiai. Working as a street artist in New York City for several years already Ochiai has gained attention through his public installations foremost among which is “poieverywhere” a project in which Ochiai placed miniature anime-style figurines in hidden corners of the city—on traffic lights in building nooks on sidewalk crevices. The small sweet monochromatic creatures search for belonging in their stillness amidst the towering urban landscape.
Building on this playful engagement with New York City’s public Poi A Messenger of Love features “Poi”-related creations—artworks that variously represent Ochiai’s muse named “Poi” short for “Path Of Imagination.” As Ochiai explains this character “That’s exactly how I found him through my own imagination – but now Poi manifests himself in countless forms on canvas in concrete and with paint immersing himself in the s I absorb. Poi gives me the happiness that I hope to bring to the world.” A fantastical anime figure Poi has long rabbit-like ears and a round head and two long arms and legs often extended confidently in a mid-air jump or an expression of happiness. Poi came to Ochiai in a dream in 2012 and conveyed a clear message to the artist “Just do it. Believe in yourself. Do not give up. I love you.” Ochiai now gives form and opportunity to Poi in order to teach love and this exhibition offers viewers a glimpse of his creative vision.
This exhibition is curated by Nana Onishi the Director of Onishi Gallery and Kyoko Sato a New York-based independent curator. For more information please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or please visit the gallery website at www.onishigallery.com.
Read Kyoko Satos essay here
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