Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter “Letterscape”

Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery

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ISE Cultural Foundation presents Letterscape, a solo exhibition by Tokyo-born NYC-based artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter at the Front Space.

For more than a decade, Ōyama’s practice has been centered on “Quick Turn Structure,” a signature visual style of the artist that was uniquely developed and translated from the visual language of graffiti culture.

By removing letterforms and by extracting only repetitive motion of lines from there, QTS is built up into a pure abstraction in contrast to name-writing that is the general form of graffiti.

In this exhibit, Ōyama re-addresses letters as media from a different angle. “Letterscape,” which is a pair of 2 collages made of mixed materials from the Western and Eastern worlds, including various letters written in a different time and location and sent to New York, and pages of an account book from Edo period with brush-written letters on Japanese paper, depicts a panorama of letters that multiple and overlay in its approximately 20 feet wide screen.

Different from typed letters, those cursive, personalized, hand-written letters connote the ambiguity of this media that are gradationally both visual objects and carriers of meanings at the same time, sorting the viewers into those who have the literacy of reading them and understand their meanings and those who are not.



from October 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Performance Event: Saturday, November 8, 4-6PM

Opening Reception on 2014-10-17 from 18:00 to 20:00

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