By: Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director
Hiro Sakaguchi illustrates comments about our culture, political climate, and the mentality of modern life with a unique and innocent visual language. While his images may appear like comic or animation forms, his skill, technique, and use of line is masterful. Sakaguchi depicts his complex and adult subject matter using elements of warfare, destruction, interconnectedness, and domestic life-- with this seemingly childlike hand.
This artist creates dreams. His paintings unveil the subconscious mindset that is influenced by reality, but is not realistic. When one slips silently into reverie, one is not fully conscious of the circumstances or surroundings. Sakaguchi's naive style allows the viewer to explore the canvas, all details realized, without feeling threatened-- even though symbols or acts of fear and violence are present. Playful vibrant colors, whimsical doodle lines, amusing representations of toys, and whirling movement offset the impending doom.
Extricating the 'safe' vaccuum that holds our daily lives (jobs, family, dinners, friends, birthdays, etc.), Sakaguchi reminds the viewer what is waiting outside the delicate walls of the bubble. While depicting the home as a place of serenity, it is also the eye of the storm, the place that others want to touch-- the ideal and fragile two-story, garage, pool, swingset, and dog house. This is the zeitgeist of the 21st century, where the political water is boiling and threatens to overflow.
Looking through the oeuvre of Hiro Sakaguchi, there is a clear and full universe that lies in the dialogue between his paintings. Here, we have started from the beginning of his macrocosm - Sakaguchi's big bang, rising then from the molecular level to the "natural" world, and finally, to his manifestations between land and space.