Current Art Gallery Exhibition
“Imaginary landscape created in meta World”
March. 5 - April. 3, 2022
"Green Light" Oil on canvas, 90 X 132 inches, 2021
Mizuma & Kips is pleased to present “Imaginary landscape created in a meta world” an Solo exhibition by OSCAR OIWA beginning on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.
" The year 2019 was the busiest year in my artistic career. That year, I had six solo exhibitions and projects around the world. But as I was preparing to continue that momentum into 2020, life as I knew it suddenly stopped. Exhibitions and projects were postponed or canceled. With no way to travel and with no more social events to attend, my creativity found an escape through digital media, and I gradually warmed towards materializing my ideas in a virtual format.
While physical life is limited during the COVID crisis, I take comfort in knowing that the imagination has no borders. This period of time has had me reflecting – how would my life have looked if I had been born in a different time and place? From this simple question, I recently created a series of works representing my hypothetical studios, from working in Paris in 1910 to working in my actual studio in New York in 2022.
And from this series, a new question arose – how might a studio of mine set in the future look? I don’t think I will live another 100 years, but I may live long enough to see what people call a meta world.
I envision my meta studio to be a pleasant place with perfect weather, a place where I can hear birds chirping and watch the sway of vegetation in the breeze.
My pets Shadow Cat and Light Rabbit will play around me. And at the end of a productive day, some hot BBQ and a cold beer will await me. The future does not seem bad."
Oscar Oiwa was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He received his B.F.A. (1989) from the School of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo University. He experienced contemporary art during this time in nearby galleries and became an assistant at the São Paulo Art Biennial. Oiwa held his first solo exhibition while he was still in college and thereafter participated in the 21st São Paulo Art Biennial (1991).
He has received several awards including Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2001) and Asian Cultural Council in 2002. Recently (2019) receive the Medal of Honor from His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. He currently lives and works in New York City.
His works has been shown widely throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe., including solo exhibitions in institutions like: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2007), Japan House São Paulo (2019) , Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (2019), California Southern University Pacific Asia Museum(2020), Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris (2020), among others.
Selected public collections: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Tokyo), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Yokohama Museum of Art (Kanagawa), Toyota Municipal Museum(Aichi), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art(Hiroshima), Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art(Hyogo), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa(Ishikawa), Utsunomiya Museum of Art (Tochigi), Phoenix Museum of Art(Arizona), Arizona State University Art Museum (Arizona), California Southern University Pacific Asia Museum, University of São Paulo Museum of Contemporary Art (São Paulo).