Opening Reception Saturday, April 1st, From 7-11pm
On View April 1 – April 29, 2017
On view in CHG’s Gallery 2, Okuda’s exhibition features a new series of his vibrantly colored synthetic on enamel paintings, sculpture, and tapestry.
Okuda's distinctive style of geometric harmonies, emboldened with intense colors, makes his artworks feel like they're from a parallel universe. Rainbow geometric landscapes blend with organic shapes, headless animals, figures, and personal iconography. His eye-catching large-scale murals and sculptures can be found in cities around the world, and his approach to fine art is just as diverse. Featuring elements of embroidery, collage and wood, Okuda’s art expresses what he describes as “an insatiable thirst for creation” Throughout, Okuda addresses questions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the contradictions of the false freedom of capitalism, showing conflict between modernity and our roots.
In his new body of work, Okuda offers his personal reinterpretation of classic imagery through a contemporary lens. A recent visit to Sicily brought Okuda face to face with the masterpieces of sculptors like Bernini and Jean-Pierre Cortot, inspiring him to reinterpret their historic figures. He aligns them with characters of Greek mythology, and modern faces of politics and pop-culture, like fashion model Cara Delevingne and rap group Die Antwoord, reborn in Okuda’s bright, prismatic world: “In this more mature period in my career, travelling and painting around the world is one of my most important sources of inspiration. Getting to know and understand the different cultures that surround us has given me the sensibility to express common situations but always from a positive and colorful point of view”
“My art reflects my love of metamorphosis. Playing with shape and form, I highlight this juxtaposition within my characters, mixing up their shapes and personalities. I paint my faces with geometric patterns to show equality among the different races, placing all skin types on the same level; multi-colors symbolize multi-culturalism” Okuda shares.
“My works always have a touch of some recognizable elements; for example, eyes are painted with the black and white of the cosmic universe. I use colors as a symbol of life and the natural world, whilst the grey scale in my paintings represents cement, death, dust and the material of classical sculptures. I am constantly challenged to find a harmonious balance of the grey scale with my vibrant palette – I need to create to be happy, and feel alive. Art is the meaning of my life”
The opening reception for Okuda will be hosted Saturday, April 1st 2017, from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through April 29th, 2017.
Hi Okuda, why did you choose to represent Yolandi and Rihanna in your artworks?
Because I always represent people, icons, politicians or whatever I have in mind at the moment. Or maybe because I need music 24 hours a day in order to create my art.
This time I mixed Greek and Roman mythology with some current icons like Donald Trump or Die Antwoord or Rihanna.
I had painted Die Antwoord in the past too and I have a picture of Ninja with one of my books because I met him when I went to South Africa. You can find it in my instagram @okudart
I love to include characters, past and future, inside my surrealistic world.
What are the songs that inspired the two artworks?
"We Found Love" and "Hard" by Rihanna
"Bum Bum", "Never Le Nkemise" and "Sex" from Die Antwoord