For his most recent solo exhibition at JAPAN HOUSE in São Paulo, titled “Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral,” artist Oscar Oiwa and five of his helpers invested 14 days creating a 360-degree black and white drawing inside of an inflatable vinyl dome.
Born in São Paulo and graduated from FAU / USP (Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo) in the late 1980s, Oscar Oiwa moved in the 1990s to Tokyo, where he lived for 11 years. Oiwa uses his experience in the contemporary Japanese art scene as a guiding thread of the exhibition. One can seethe the influences of the Japanese and Brazilian cultures in his work.
The installation took two weeks to finish with the aid of his helpers and armed with 120 marker pens. Oiwa’s exhibition surrounds audiences in a stunning cavern of contrast. inside this artwork. The enormous, black and white drawing covers the entire surface area of the 10 x 7 x 4 meter vinyl room, and is particularly inspired by the artist’s appreciation for Japanese aesthetics.
“I’ve always enjoyed drawing, which I consider the most basic way of expressing myself visually,” said Oiwa in a press release regarding the large-scale work. “A pencil and a blank sheet— there is no simpler medium than that.”
Oscar Oiwa has works in the collections of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Phoenix Museum of Art; Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; among others. The show is on display until June 3 and is part of the official calendar of celebrating the 110 years of Japanese immigration in Brazil.