The review of Enrico Isamu Ōyama’s Solo Exhibition “Windowsill”

“A cultural exchange between Japan and the world, through art” themed exhibition was held for 6 days from June 29 to July 4 at NEWoMan’s venue for cultural exchange LUMINE 0. The exhibition was organized by LUMINE Co., Ltd and directed by hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK.

The featured artist was NY-based Enrico Isamu Ōyama, a Japanese artist who has received recognition from his various works which include collaborations with brands such as “Comme des Garçons” and “Shu Uemura”. The artist visited Japan for this event to exhibit his large-scale pieces including his latest collection. His impressive installation that featured paintings of over 3 meters was inspired by street culture and enjoyed by his many visitors.

At the exclusive reception party held the day before the opening, catering featuring NY-themed food and drinks was offered in the party area where Ōyama performed live painting alongside drummer-singer Shishido Kavka. Guests were mesmerized by the powerful beating of the drums and dynamic live painting that was completed in front of their eyes. After the performance, both Ōyama and Shishido were engaged in conversations with guests, making the event even more meaningful.

During the event dates, special morning sessions were held for one hour from 7:30 to 8:30. At one session, Ōyama revealed the ideas behind his work and photographer Meisa Fujishiro appeared as a guest speaker for a meditation workshop in the art space. 20 models and bloggers were invited to sit and meditate in front of their favorite piece; an experience exclusive to those attending. On the weekend during the event, Ōyama invited Kakuyasu Uchiide, International Artistic Director of “Shu Uemura” - a brand he has collaborated with in the past - along with lawyer and art collector Junya Komatsu for a talk show, which attracted over 150 attendees during the two days. In addition to art, various topics such as make-up and life in NY were also discussed, and attendees were invited to ask questions which made the talk shows even more lively. During another day, a special childcare space was set-up to offer those with small children some extra time to enjoy the art; a service that was appreciated by many.

This event took a multi-faceted approach and attracted approximately 1,800 visitors to enjoy art. From this success, we can acknowledge the many ways art can be valued in our everyday lives.