Yusuke Abe is a painter from Yamagata currently based in Tokyo. Abe’s works are composed of various materials such as coloured paper, colour film, and plastic, oil paint and spray paint. In his work, Abe references video games, card games, doodles, nostalgia etc. Drawing on his own experiences Abe depicts memories of his childhood creating dream-like worlds infused with pop culture and scenes from everyday life.
Yusuke ABE has painted thousands of works by the stoic and strong force of creation, while still his twenties. In his recent works, the styles to make multilayered pictures are used frequently. For instance; Sticking trading cards or video game softwares on the painting; gluing other canvases on a canvas. Abe has communed with game culture or abundant nature in the northeast region of Japan from childhood. And the various materials on the paintings, first point, symbolize his origin like that. And on the other hand, these are also manifestation of critical awareness to existing fine-arts, or challenges to new visual representation. Game, nature, his own memory … , the fragments of the
worlds that are tied up the different dimensions become the parts of a colorful and strange painting by Abe’s hand. And these cause enigmatic sense of relativization to the viewer, such like; “This world where we live, is just equivalent to those countless worlds”
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