Color functions as language in Kenji Hirataâs bountiful universe with shapes and hues that converge in beautiful cataclysms on canvas. The Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist's solo exhibition "The Way Out is the Way In," opens at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York Cityâ this week. New Laughter Modeâ and âNew Laughter Mode 2â represent cylindrical objects in motion, awash in shades of blue and offset by suggestive reds on small canvases.
Slightly larger pieces such as the grand work âGesture without Motionâ—an abstraction of a starry sky illuminated by blazing comets—is lush in detail while âThe Way Out is the Way In" makes use of the white space, applying gray shades to depict a cloud-like horizon.
Hirata has exhibited at Zeit Art Gallery in Hamburg, Reed Space in New York and Arcus Projects in Tsukuba, Japan. He is also a member of the Barnstormers artist collective of nearly 30 painters from New York and Japan including Swoon, David Ellis, Chris Mendoza, Mike Ming and Rostarr.
More images after the jump.