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Kenji Hirata: The Way Out is the Way In
by Tamara Warren
on 12 October 2009
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Color functions as language in Kenji Hirata’s 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 City“ this week. New Laughter Mode” and “New Laughter Mode 2” represent cylindrical objects in motion, awash in shades of blue and offset by suggestive reds on small canvases.

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Slightly larger pieces such as the grand work “Gesture without Motion”—an abstraction of a starry sky illuminated by blazing comets—is lush in detail while “The Way Out is the Way In" makes use of the white space, applying gray shades to depict a cloud-like horizon.

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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.

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More images after the jump.

The Way Out is the Way In
17 October-14 November 2009
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001 map
tel. +1 212 244 7415

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