Location:Visual Arts Gallery
February 6 – March 6;
February 12, 5 – 8 p.m. Artist Reception;
March 1, 3 p.m. Live Painting Performance
The Visual Art Gallery at NJCU proudly presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the Tokyo-born Italian-Japanese artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, titled, Quick Turn Structure. “Quick Turn Structure” is the term coined by Ōyama himself for his signature black and white angular motif, which multiplies to fill the space. While QTS originally developed from visual language in graffiti culture, it is not a “tag” for name writing. Despite its resemblance to an arrow shape and some letters, it does not reference anything and it functions as pure abstraction.
In graffiti, the act of writing name is done in city space to get attention from general public. QTS, as an abstracted linear order extracted from graffiti lettering, is not essentially rooted in any specific medium, and goes beyond the borders with flexibility of application to various conditions of different surfaces and scales. In this exhibition, Ōyama presents a site-specific mural painting, wall-encompassing canvas paintings, as well as a series of small works on paper in which he experiments with the found figurative images, such as portraits of historical figures.