Both surreal and bizarrely familiar, Kojima’s transportive paintings are fantastic dreamscapes. Rendered in dusty pastel hues with the softest of brushstrokes, these works boast a delicate ethereality that almost – but not entirely - conceals the painter’s hand. While their geometric composition achieves a Futurist and Op-Art sensibility, Kojima’s paintings simultaneously look inward towards a hazy, alien narrative, homesick for another world. They seek introspection beneath the façade of nightlife and digital clamor and grapple with themes of identity, sexuality, desire, and displacement. Interstitial and interplanetary, Kojima’s paintings balance a dollop of kink and mischief with a disquieting sense of malaise.
Satoshi Kojima was born in Tokyo in 1979. He graduated from the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in 2014, where he currently lives and works. This exhibition marks his fifth collaboration with TRAMPS and first with Michael Werner.
Chaste as Ice, Pure as Snow opens 20 May with a reception for the artist from 6 – 8PM. The exhibition is located on the second floor of the New York Mart Mall at 75 East Broadway, beneath the Manhattan Bridge. For more information, please contact Michael Werner Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.michaelwerner.com. Follow Michael Werner Gallery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and WeChat.