KENICHI HOSHINE: PERSONAL FASCINATIONS, THEATRE, AND THE OCCULT

Grounded in the experiences of his daily life, Hoshine combines personal fascinations with theatre, poster design, and the occult through abstract forms and gestures.

By Balthzar Malevolent

KENICHI HOSHINE: PERSONAL FASCINATIONS, THEATRE, AND THE OCCULT

As you look at the colorful and at first glance apparently abstract paintings of New York based artist Kenichi Hoshine, the curtain suddenly rises and the shapes and colors morph into faintly recognisable forms – drapery here, a cluster of figures there, a tripod, a pool of light from an overhead spot, ropes and rigging – all the mechanisms and makings of a theatre stage. Kenichi has long been fascinated by the interplay between the make-believe scene that the audience sees and the world of tricks and illusions that goes on behind the curtain to make this façade visible. “Nothing is what it seems,” Kenichi explains, “and I love this sense of duplicity and deception.” This gives us the framework to approach his work and begin to understand how the layers of colors and forms enact this play between surface and depth.

Born in Tokyo, Kenichi lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches at Pratt Institute and is an avid fly-fisherman. At the beginning of the year he presented a new series of paintings in a solo show at pt.2 Gallery in Oakland, California. Titled Amawalk, Kenichi described the body of work as a sorting and sifting of references from daily life. “The paintings are like an editing room floor; a surface built upon failures and incidental mark making where a friable foundation forms.” In the interview below, we chat about the colors, stagecraft, blurry sweet spots, fly fishing and more.

Kenichi Hoshine

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