Interview: Gera O’Shio
Luca Curci talks with Gera O’Shio during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Gera O’Shio is an artist who truly creates today’s modern art by combining digital technology with conventional painting and the art of poetry. He is a pure autodidact in his way to create artwork. The objective of his art is to evoke emotions, to stimulate reflection and day dreams. He prefers, but does not exclusively, painting flowers, following a citation of Buddha: ”If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change”. In this way his art has relevance in times like today where Corona is impacting severely our daily life, but has its value for life in general. The flower is painted digitally in a pastel charm style as realistic as possible but not overdoing the perfection as it is not supposed to be a photography work that demands full concentration and creates in this way distraction from daily problems. These digitally painted flower is brought into a different, often surrealistic context, where digital extraction of photographies are often used reflecting the accidental patterns of abstract acrylic painting. Therefore the background is in general abstract where colors and forms have to be brought into balance. His art is in general simple, plain and focused on the essential, often with Japanese or Asian touch. Each painting gets a small poem as title, which is built similarly to a Japanese haiku, inseparably connected with the flower and its background – intended to stimulate thinking and reflection.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Gera O’Shio – Practising art always requires time. Being strongly engaged in different management roles during my professional life this necessary time to to relax and be creative very often was not possible. This changed for me when I identified the iPad as tool to actually be creative when I was more or less unable to work, in particular times at airports, on flights, or in hotels. The digital technology opened up a new world of creativity.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GO’S – My professional back ground is research management, as artist I am self-taught, going back to my times as student. I early got inspired by the lively color settings of the impressionists and the surrealists.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GO’S – My preferred subjects of paintings are flowers. According to a quotation of Buddha: “If you could see the wonder of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change”, I create dreamlike paintings from natural aspects and hopeful interpretations. The flower paintings are digitally produced in a pastel charming style that is as realistic as possible, but does not exaggerate perfection, as this is not supposed to be pure photography. Flowers are placed in a surrealistic context, where digital extractions of photographs are used, reflecting the random patterns of abstract acrylic painting. But I even like to include the dynamic movements and poses of dancers or artists.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
GO’S – My paintings usually do not express anything in particular – but their titles do! Each painting is given a small poem as a title, which is structured similarly to a Japanese haiku and is inseparably connected to the artwork. With these poem I express my situational interpretation of my painting.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GO’S – As long as you do not need cogenerate your income through art, the life of an artist is just wonderful. But if you need to generate money it is a very tough business.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
GO’S – ITSLIQUID is a great communication platform integrating the various aspects of art from fashion and design to architecture. The regular organization of exhibitions on various topics is stimulating artists to be creative and participate.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
GO’S – The artworks I contributed to the current exhibition are part of my “Sobriety Collection“ – where ‘Sobriety’ is the state of being sober or to be serious and calm. This is what is reflected in this set of paintings: serious-minded but with intentions, lightness but with gravity, simplicity in the play with colors or forms.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GO’S – The collaboration with people from ITSLIQUID is always a pleasure, as they are very reactive and supportive.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
GO’S – I really appreciate the support I have got so far by the organization – I hope to be able to participate in further exhibitions.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GO’S – I appreciate the active stimulation of the ITSLIQUID GROUP motivating and engaging artist to be creative and productive.