1 August – 15 September 2013 at WTF Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday 1 August 2013, 6-8pm
Under Construction is a mixed-media exhibition comprised of paintings, multimedia projections and installations influenced by the artist’s obsession with construction sites. By imitating visual patterns in his paintings and juxtaposing them with found objects from construction sites, Sumi transports viewers into a scene hovering between progressive expansion and dystopian decay. In Under Construction, Sumi experiments with liberating his paintings from the confines of their frames through their placement and interactions with his lighting installations and mixed-media artworks. Collaborating with Sumi in Under Construction by designing sound art specifically for the exhibition is New York based Swedish sound designer Niklas Möller.
Sumi was born in Tokyo in 1970. After graduating from Rikkyo University, also known as St Paul’s University, with a degree in Industrial Relations, Sumi moved to New York in 1994 where he studied painting at The Art Students League of New York. Sumi worked as artist assistant for Stefano Castronovo, the Italian master painter known for painting Andy Warhol’s iconic leather jackets with portraits of Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. He we also invited to guest lecture at Parsons The New School for Design.
During his time in New York, Sumi gained attention with his projects ranging from mixed-media and light installations to painting and drawing. Sumi has been commissioned by clients including Duncan Quinn, Nike, Asahi and The Maritime Hotel amongst others. He has held numerous exhibitions, and has been curated by Eric Shiner, the current director of the Andy Warhol Museum, and Helen Wu, the producer and co-curator of the Paper Rain Parade recently seen in Art Basel Hong Kong.
Sumi moved to Bangkok in 2012, and is a lecturer in Chulalongkorn University’s International Communication Design Program (CommDe), part of the university’s Faculty of Architecture. Sumi has held exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Toronto and Bangkok.