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Hiroshi Sugito

Nicole Klagsbrun

The second New York show of twenty-nine-year-old Hiroshi Sugito featured paintings of extraordinary delicacy that came, playfully, in two sizes: tiny and enormous. While many of this young Japanese artist’s contemporaries have been enthralled with mass-media imagery in the form of Japanimation, video games, and advertising, Sugito clearly finds his inspiration elsewhere. Drawing on the fantasies of childhood, he fashions dainty renderings of imaginary animals, dreamlike stage sets, bizarre machinery, and gargantuan buildings. The artist approaches this strange and charming subject matter with an equally strange and innovative painterly technique, using scratchy little marks of colored pencil and often applying pigment directly to Japanese paper. With his finely finished surfaces and use of unexpected media such as heavy paper placed on stretchers, Sugito invites viewers to look at his

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