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Seraphin Gallery is proud to present our first show of the 2012 fall season, Two Zero One Two, from artist Hiro Sakaguchi. It will open Friday, September 14th.
Two Zero One Two, like many of Sakaguchi’s earlier bodies of work, is inspired by an ongoing interest in a visual vocabulary born out of world events of the past decade. One cannot think of a tsunami without the immediate connection to Japan just as one will likely associate an image of a plane with terrorism. Sakaguchi plays with this new vocabulary in a way that redefines the associated image into a more positive or peaceful representation. There are elements of violence in his work: tanks, bombs, black holes, and tsunamis, among others, yet the general appearance is always one that is whimsical. The palette is bright and colorful. Instead of gunfire exiting the artillery of a tank, a tree grows out of it.
The exhibition is comprised of three large and several medium works combined with a myriad of smaller drawings and paintings, plus an installation. Each piece is different but all are a playful attempt at a much more serious subject matter. And of course, they are all wrapped up in the fantastical package that one has come to expect from Sakaguchi. The installation will display spool tanks, wooden constructions of spools of thread made to resemble war tanks.
Hiro Sakaguchi lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. He has been a featured panelist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art several times and included in the permanent collections at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Woodmere Museum. Sakaguchi has been a part of many solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the 2011 exhibition at the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at Gallery Heubner & Huenber in Frankfurt, Germany. He has exhibited in many group shows as well, including the Woodmere Museum, Nasubi Gallery in England, and the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo. He currently teaches at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.