Ryota Sato | Parsons Fine Arts - 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

Japan, 1980
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"why is the internet so slow," 2016, mixed media, 78” x 85” x 72

"Showing Nature the wonders of Nature," 2016, video, 4:54

"encounter; IMG38," 2016, video, 4:16

"Jungle is Massive," 2015, installation shot

"Untitled," 2015, mixed media, 96 x 96 x 200 in

"Untitled," 2015, mixed media, 96 x 45 x 15 in

Installation shot at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Arts, 2014

Installation shot at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Arts, 2014

Artist Statement

My practice explores human bodies, landscapes, information media, the relationship between nature and culture, circulation of imagery and the use of image capturing devices. Recently, I became very involved in thinking about human perception by examining the preconceived notion of Nature. My investigation aims to unravel the role of human gaze as both the author and audience. The man-made concept of sublime is projected onto the innocent nature. Human thus construed as an artificial product, becoming the beginning where ‘gaze’ translates into meaning and the feeling of sublime. This inquiry of ‘gaze’ further propels my quest to unpack the construed meaning, followed the rise of the digital reproduction. My interest in the ways of seeing is tied to how an image appears in-itself. My works takes in many formats, including digital media, video installation, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Artist Bio

Ryota Sato (b. Okayama, Japan, 1980) is an artist currently based in New York. His practice spans digital media, video installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. His work explores the relationship between human bodies, landscapes, information media, slippage of nature-culture and the circulation of imagery particularly in relation to image capturing devices.