Toru Otani uses the backside of sandpapers, empty cigarette packages, and vintage maps as a canvas.
In this exhibition, 'Spectrum,' objects he found from internet auctions such as pre-war textbooks, a used note, and a postcard are used as materials. Those objects were selected by the marks that somehow caught his attention, such as a human hand, the sun, eyeballs, etc.
Using color pencils, he intends to erase excess elements and information that identify the marks' meanings. Otani says this process reminds him of the feeling when you see an abandoned billboard for a second while driving down a national road- somehow, you cannot get it out of your head.
For Otani, an artwork is something like that: it's hard not to look at and think about even though you don't understand the importance of existence.
About the Artist__
Toru Otani (b.1988, Kanagawa, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese artist who approaches to create new images by drawing over ready-made objects.
Otani has been involved in group exhibitions 'Ignore Your Perspective 52' at Kodama Gallery, Tokyo (2019), 'Maoya Kishi & Toru Otani' at Kodama Gallery, Tokyo (2018), 'Mud, Tokyo, and Swimming' at Shinjuku Park Hall 1, Tokyo (2017), 'Nostalgia Fantasia' at Kodama Gallery, Tokyo (2016) and,' Chain Reaction' at Kodama Gallery, Tokyo (2015). His solo exhibitions 'Casablanca' (2015) and 'Planet' (2017) both took place at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo.
He graduated with a MA in Fine Arts from Tokyo University of the Arts, having completed a BA in Fine Art.
society, 2020, color pencil on notebook, 210mmx150mm
palace, 2020, color pencil on postcard, 90mmx140m
drive, 2020, color pencil on paper, 150mm x 210mm
red, blue, yellow on green, 2020, color pencil on paper, 210mm x 140mm
two triangles, 2020, color pencil on paper, 210mm x 140mm
brain waves, 2020, color pencil on postcard, 260mm x 210mm
left hand, 2020, color pencil on postcard, 140mm x 90mm