Color functions as language in Kenji Hirataâ€™s bountiful universe with shapes and hues that converge in beautiful cataclysms on canvas. The Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist's solo exhibition "The Way Out is the Way In," opens at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York Cityâ€œ this week. New Laughter Modeâ€ and â€œNew Laughter Mode 2â€ represent cylindrical objects in motion, awash in shades of blue and offset by suggestive reds on small canvases.
Slightly larger pieces such as the grand work â€œGesture without Motionâ€—an abstraction of a starry sky illuminated by blazing comets—is lush in detail while â€œThe Way Out is the Way In" makes use of the white space, applying gray shades to depict a cloud-like horizon.
Hirata has exhibited at Zeit Art Gallery in Hamburg, Reed Space in New York and Arcus Projects in Tsukuba, Japan. He is also a member of the Barnstormers artist collective of nearly 30 painters from New York and Japan including Swoon, David Ellis, Chris Mendoza, Mike Ming and Rostarr.
More images after the jump.