Beginning Aug. 15, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan will present the work of Japanese-Italian visual artist Enrico Isamu Oyama.
The show, “Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama,” runs through Dec. 23 in the museum’s Hyle Family Gallery. The exhibition surveys how Oyama channeled his interests in the street cultures of Tokyo and American cities, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure, his signature expression.
“In graffiti culture, a name, composed of stylized letters, represents writer’s alter ego,” Oyama said in his artist statement on his website. “I remove letter shapes, extract only the flowing line and repeat it to maximize its dynamism. By doing so, I create an abstract motif. Instead of having a new name for my self, I gave a name to the motif: Quick Turn Structure.”
Quick Turn Structure comes in varied creative platforms, including painting, digital media, sound and fashion. Through this artistic expression, Oyama gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences of people in today’s world of fluid borders and interconnectivity.
“QTS has its own life. Its physical manifestations are channelled into unique art pieces from one specific moment in time. The pieces are called ‘FFIGURATI,’ a term referring to the word ‘graffiti’ and the Italian expression ‘figùrati’ (literally translated as ‘figure it out yourself’), numbered in the order of their creation,” he said.
Oyama is the son of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, and was born and raised in Tokyo, but he also spent extended periods in Italy. In Tokyo, he immersed himself in an underground art scene, which was interwoven with global influences. In 2011, Oyama came to New York for a residency sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council. He has since established his studio in Brooklyn.
In addition to his museum pieces, Oyama’s work will be featured at several special events over coming months:
• The north exterior wall of Little Apple Art Supply, 706 N. 11th St., in Manhattan’s Aggieville district, will become Ōyama’s mural lab from Oct. 5 to 28.
• Art in Motion, an arts festival in the museum’s parking lot, 17th Street and Anderson Avenue, will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The free festival, which is open to the public, will feature a live painting performance by Ōyama at 2 p.m. The festival runs alongside the Harmony in the ‘Hatt festival in Aggieville’s Triangle Park.
• “Aeromural,” a sound installation by Ōyama, will be available Oct. 12-26 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in the university’s Willard Hall. It is hosted by the Digital and Experimental Media Lab in the university’s art department. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Two free film screenings will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition, both in 101 Thompson Hall on the university campus and both open to the public:
• Ōyama will present the 1977 documentary “Stations of the Elevated” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
• “Dark Progressivism” will be presented by the film’s director/producer Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
The Beach Museum of Art, at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and free parking is available next to the museum.