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Imura Art Gallery is pleased to present "Rabbit," a retrospective for artist Masaharu Sato.

Masaharu Sato was born in Oita, Japan in 1973. After obtaining an MFA from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1999, he moved to Germany in 2000, living and working in Düsseldorf for ten years. Following his return to Japan he exhibited prolifically, participating in many exhibitions around the world. Sato's continued potential was clear, but his life came to an end in March 2019 at the age of 45 after a long battle with cancer.

Sato's works establish a unique world view by using digital pen tools to trace over objects in photographs or video that he has taken of everyday scenes. The drawn elements feel slightly odd as a result of slight differences from the original lens-based images, which produces a sense of shifting between fact and fiction. The world captured by Sato's eye at first seems to be composed of everyday scenes with nothing special about them, but it offers new perceptions to viewers as they are drawn into the interstices between reality and fabrication.

As an opportunity to look back at and consider Sato's oeuvre, this exhibition presents two two-dimensional works and five video works produced in the last ten years.

period: February 15 (Sat.) -March 14 (Sat.), 2020 *Closed on Sundays, Mondays, National Holidays
time: 12:00 - 18:00
venue: imura art gallery KYOTO
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Masaharu Sato "Rabbit"
February 15 (Sat.) -March 14 (Sat.), 2020 *Closed on Sundays, Mondays, National Holidays
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