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Ataru Sato

5 September 26 October 2019
Thursday 5 September 2019 from 6pm till 9 pm. The gallery will remain open throughout Brussels Gallery Weekend from Friday 6 till Sunday 8 September from 11am till 7pm daily.

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Ataru Sato
Division, 2019
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on paper
41 × 52 cm 16
(1/8 × 20 1/2 in)

Ataru Sato
Over the rainbow, 2019
Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
40 × 29.8 × 5.8 cm
(15 3/4 × 11 3/4 × 2 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Over the rainbow, 2019
Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
40 × 29.8 × 5.8 cm
(15 3/4 × 11 3/4 × 2 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
0.01mm, 2019
Acrylic, oil on canvas
53.2 × 33.5 cm
(13 1/4 × 9 5/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Rain, 2019
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
27.2 × 22.4 cm
(3/4 × 8 7/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Afternoon, 2019
Acrylic, oil on panel
36.3 × 27.5 cm
(14 1/4 × 10 7/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Sincerely, 2019
Oil on panel
30 × 30 cm
(11 3/4 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Stretch suit, 2019
Oil on canvas
41 × 41 cm
(16 1/8 × 16 1/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Friend, 2019
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
42 × 29.7 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Animus, 2017
Pencil and ink on paper, paper collage mounted on panel
29.8 × 42.1 cm
(11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in)

Ataru Sato
I’m yours, 2019
Oil on panel
36.3 × 51.4 cm
(14 1/4 × 20 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
You are not alone, 2019
Oil on panel
30 × 30 cm
(11 3/4 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Unfixed, 2019
Acrylic, oil, pencil on panel
42 × 29.7 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Tomorrow, 2019
Acrylic, ink and paper collage on canvas
53.2 × 33.5 cm
(21 × 13 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Goddess, 2019
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
65.4 × 50 cm
(25 3/4 × 19 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Sky cube, 2019
Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
31 × 27 × 7.4 cm
(12 1/4 × 10 5/8 × 2 7/8 in)

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Installation view Ataru Sato
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2019

Ataru Sato
Catastrophe, 2017
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
36.4 × 25.7 cm
(14 1/4 × 10 in)

Ataru Sato
Midnight Nightingales, 2019
Oil and ink on canvas, mounted on panel
45.5 × 27.3 cm
(17 7/8 × 10 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Daydream, 2019
Acrylic, pencil on paper collage mounted on panel
27.2 × 22.4 cm
(10 3/4 × 8 7/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Warning bell, 2019
Acrylicm ink on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
26 × 18.4 cm
(10 1/4 × 7 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
+ –, 2018
Oil on canvas
24.3 × 33.4 cm
(9 5/8 × 13 1/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Ananas, 2019
Oil and ink on canvas, mounted on panel
41 × 49 cm
(16 1/8 × 19 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Ananas, 2019
Oil and ink on canvas, mounted on panel
41 × 49 cm
(16 1/8 × 19 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Apparaître, 2018
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
73 × 51.6 cm
(28 3/4 × 20 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Neko, 2019
Acrylic, color pencil, ink, oil pastel on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
42 × 29.7 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You), 2019
Oil on wooden board
11 × 16 cm
(4 3/8 × 6 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Apparaître, 2018
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
73 × 51.6 cm
(28 3/4 × 20 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Before the Dawn, 2018
Acrylic, ink, oil and pencil on panel
21 × 14.8 cm
(8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Hospital, 2018
Acrylic, ink, oil on panel
42 × 29 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Beach, 2018
Acrylic, ink on panel
42 × 29.7 cm 16
(1/2 × 11 3/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Chill, 2018
Oil on canvas mounted on board
36.2 × 25.7 cm
(14 1/4 × 10 1/8 in)

Office Baroque is pleased to announce the first individual exhibition of Ataru Sato at our gallery on Bloemenhofplein in Brussels. This is the artist’s first solo presentation in Europe.

In his work, Ataru Sato shows the dualities of life by deeply questioning his own soul and his interactions with the world around him. Life, sexuality and happiness, but also death, decay and sadness are simultaneously present in his work. His intriguing and expressive use of pencil lines and colour reflects these introspective fascinations and obsessions.

What does it mean to understand others? Can we survive without being connected to each other? Driven by these questions, Sato creates a highly erotic, almost psychedelic universe where personal fears, loves and intimacies are depicted.

If I draw, then it becomes “a thing”, and so I feel less alone.
I always feel alone, therefore I always draw.
Every time I don’t feel well, I pick up a pen with this idea in mind.

People exist on the surface.
I cannot access your inner self.
I’d like to transform myself into images to be able to access it.

Ataru Sato (b.1986 Chiba, Japan) currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He is known for creating drawings, paintings and collages with a seemingly excessive, obsessive use of pencil lines. His imagery looks as if it proliferates endlessly through his intricate compositions, representing the artist’s earnest attempt to connect with the world and understand himself through the act of drawing.

Previous solo shows include KOSAKU KANECHIKA (2018, 2017) and Gallery Koyanagi (2015, 2011); Tokyo; Mehr (Midtown), New York. Major group presentations include Dojima River Biennale, Osaka (2019), Interpretations, Tokyo (curated by Dries Van Noten) at The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2019); Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); Yokohama Triennale Our magic hour – How Much of the World Can We Know?, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (2011) and 8th Gwangju Biennale 10,000 lives, Gwangju (2010).

His work is part of the TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, Tokyo; Louis Vuitton Malletier, Paris and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, USA.