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Paul Kasmin Gal lery is pleased to announce the inaugural New York exhibition of Japane se artist\, Makoto Saito\, Face to Face/ Composition\, on vie w October 18th - November 21st 2012 at 515 West 27th Street. A methodic painter with graphic design training\, Saito has spent the past eight years developing software that would allow him to represent the super imposition of images and the eroticism of the body through digital painting and hand-painted print simulation\, all-the-while conserving the beauty an d fundamentals of the painting process. Through this practice\, Saito striv es to “make what is most remote from a computer with the use of computer.”< br />
For Saito’s New York exhibition debut\, Paul Kasmin Gallery wi ll exhibit a new body of work divided into two parts\, Face to Face and Com position: a series of paintings inspired by Fellini films and a series of w orks on paper portraying the female body as landscape compositions. Saito e mploys a different process of painting in each body of work\, though both c reate an ideal intersection of painting\, photography and graphic design. < br />
The Fellini series of paintings refer back to Saito’s childhoo d memory of seeing foreign films whose subtitles he could not follow\, lead ing him to create his own story and imagined plot. Now\, Saito extracts ima ges from Fellini films and attempts to “witness how time difference is seen by expressing people of that time\, using the current function of the mech anism.” In this process\, Saito uses a computer as his primary tool. He str ives to create the antithesis of a computer with the use of computer. Saito experiments with material and content\, placing no constraints upon his cr eative process. Utilizing computer software to superimpose multiple layers of imagery\, textured gesso and oil ink\, creating a planar effect as thoug h it were intricately hand painted work.

Drawn to the harmony of dots found in printing\, Saito creates this effect in his Composition (E ros) works by painting the dots that would appear in the printing process – viewing the works at a close range\, the accumulation of dots is apparent\ , but as one moves further away the accumulation forms an image of the fema le body as an abstract landscape. He pushes cultural frames by producing er otic paintings – called Compositions – of the “secret” female part. Saito e xplores the idea that life comes from eroticism\, from the crucial sensual act between two human beings that many conservative cultures resent\, somew hat hypocritically. Saito wants to feel the human body by incorporating tou ch and texture in his paintings. In doing so\, Saito hopes to create a “new breed of image […] mating ghetto porn and classic beauty.” The Japanese ar tist represents the chaotic and haphazard nature of creation in the uttermo st meticulous and calculated way. In that\, he sets up the building blocks of a contemporary humanity based on the exploration of instincts and on the recognition of its organic origin.

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Saito has been featured in solo shows at the Tomio Koyama Galler y\, Tokyo\, Japan\, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art\, Kanazawa\ , Japan\, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg\, Germany and at the Hun tington Gallery\, Massachusetts College of Art &\; Design\, USA. Some of his group shows include numerous exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum\, Japan\, the Galerie Sho Contemporary Art\, Tokyo\, Japan\, San Fr ancisco Museum of Modern Art\, Philadelphia Museum of Art\, the Centre Pomp idou\, Musée National d’Art Moderne in France and at the Suntory Museum\, J apan.

Saito is also included in the collections of The Chicag o Athenaeum\, Colorado State University\, The Museum of Modern Art\, New Yo rk\, Philadelphia Museum of Art\, San Francisco Museum of Art\, The Victori a and Albert Museum\, England\, the Brandenburg Museum\, Germany\, Museum f ür Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg\, Germany\, the Staatliche Museum für angewand te Kunst\, München\, Germany\, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich\, Switzerland\, Lahti Art Museum\, Finland\, Stedelijk Museum\, The Netherlands\, Muzeum N arodowe Poznan\, Poland\, Hong Kong Heritage Museum\, The National Museum o f Modern Art\, Tokyo\, Japan\, The Museum of Modern Art\, Toyama\, Japan\, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art\, Japan and 21st Century Museum of Contempo rary Art\, Ishikawa\, Japan.

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