Artwork © Enrico Isamu Ōyama
Photo © Go Sugimoto
Enrico Isamu Ōyama


The “Hiraku Project” is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. The exhibitions are to be held at the Atrium Gallery, recently established to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art. “Hiraku” translates as ‘open,’ in the sense of ‘responsive to new possibilities.’ We are pleased to present Enrico Isamu Ōyama’s Kairosphere as the 8th exhibition in our HIRAKU Project.

Enrico Isamu Ōyama in his Brooklyn studio / 2018
Photo © Collin Hughes

Enrico Isamu Ōyama

Enrico Isamu Ōyama is currently based in New York City. He became interested in aerosol writing (graffiti) in public spaces such as subway cars and buildings. By removing elements such as letters and color from its visual expression, Ōyama extracted a type of dynamic line called Quick Turn and developed it into what he calls his Quick Turn Structure (QTS). Over the past 15 years he has been expanding the scope of his production to include various mediums such as canvas, walls, found objects, and clothing (in collaboration with COMME des GARÇONS for the 2012 SS collection).
The exhibition title, Kairosphere, is a portmanteau coined by Ōyama from kairos, meaning ‘time’ and the suffix sphere meaning ‘realm’ or ‘amorphous gaseous layer’ such as in ‘stratosphere’ or ‘atmosphere.’ Further, ‘kairos’ is a subjective concept of time, referring to Ōyama’s internal sense of time as he creates his works. Kairosphere, then, denotes a gently expanding spatio-temporal space.
Based on this concept, this exhibition presents milestones of Ōyama’s work along with the painting FFIGURATI #207 (2018) that can be viewed as the culmination of all his past production activities. We hope that by presenting together in this exhibition the documentation of Ōyama’s first proposed public space work Keio Shiki Senior High School Mural (2003), FFIGURATI #9 (2009) where QTS painted on acrylic cubes seems to float in space, and FFIGURATI #245 (2019) site-specific installation for the Pola Museum of Art, we can create a new ‘time space’ environment, or rather a ‘worksphere,’ spanning Ōyama’s past and present works.

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Artwork © Enrico Isamu Ōyama
Artwork © Enrico Isamu Ōyama
Photo © Go Sugimoto
Artwork © Enrico Isamu Ōyama
Photo © Shu Nakagawa

List of Works

2009 Acrylic aerosol paint on acrylic cube 3
cubes: each, 182×91×40 cm Collection of the Artist
2018 Airbrush, acrylic aerosol paint, latex paint and sumi-ink on canvas mounted on aluminum stretcher
244×914 cm Collection of the Artist
2019 Inkjet print on sticker sheet on marble wall
4. Keio Shiki Senior High School Mural Video
Filmed and Edited by Shu Nakagawa


Enrico Isamu Ōyama Kairosphere

Organized by Pola Art Foundation
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art
In cooperation with Takuro Someya Contemporary Art