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Taku Saito

Pratt Institute, Steuben South Gallery
200 Willoughby Avenue, 718 636-3517
Brooklyn Misc.
April 26 - April 30, 2010
Reception: Monday, April 26, 5 - 8 PM
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Taku Saito: ABOUT FACE April 26 – 30, 2010 Gallery Hours 11am-7pm

It is pleasure to announce an exhibition ABOUT FACE, new oil paintings on canvas by Taku Saito. Opening April 26th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., the works are on view through April 30.

It is difficult to describe how the ordinary appears without loosing details of individual uniqueness. Although we often see others’ faces unavoidably on a street, in the office, papers or on TV, everyday social existence barely exists until people become conscious of it. Taku Saito is focusing on the most common sense of the figure: the face, to form the “everyday face” as social portrait.

The faces in Saito’s painting comprise a series of self portrait. The faces are huge, staring ahead without any particular expression. In his painting, each dynamic brush stroke has significant meaning for the face. Dripping oil- colors on the canvas – which represent the theory of nature and gravity – are chaotic incidents, but also play an important role in composing the portrait. The drips parallel life and nature. People are prone to chaos but organize their lives in order to survive.

This is Saito’s self portrait as social portrait – social portrait as self portrait.

Steuben South Gallery Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, New York G train to Clinton-Washington
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