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Art May, 20 2011

Recap | Tat Ito “Memento Mori” at Joshua Liner

Complementing the Cleon Peterson exhibition, a showing of new works by New York-based Tat Ito is running at Joshua Liner through June 11,  2011.

Tat Ito was born and raised in Japan, but he later made his art studies in the United States. Consequently, the artist and his paintings are a dynamic confluence of East and West, traditional and contemporary. The poetic analogy of “oil on water” describes Ito’s approach to both imagery and cultural references; in his vibrantly colored work, traditional Japanese aesthetics are a foundation upon which floats a contemporary (i.e., Western-influenced) viewpoint. Like a skim of oil on water, the beautiful, reflective surfaces of his paintings fascinate viewers. These top layers never mix but, rather, are presented in dialogue with the substance beneath.

Momento Mori includes eight large scale canvases, each hand painted and part of the artist’s push away from Factory style art.

Photography by Jacob Breinholt for Curated.

Joshua Liner Gallery
548 West 28th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

A full look at Ito’s work after the jump.

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