Guy Hepner Editions is pleased to present “YUM’s Dream World” – a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Yusuke Toda.
The Romance of YUM and RIN by Yusuke Toda
Contemporary Japanese pop artist, Toda, has hit the global art market with a fantastic flurry of consistently sold-out shows throughout Tokyo, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. In Yusuke Toda’s most recent body of work, everything depicted is framed by a central character named “YUM”. YUM expresses how we, the viewer in his or her purest form, and the environment around us, naturally live freely in harmony with one another.
YUM at Painter_s Room by Yusuke Toda
The environs of YUM’s world (and YUM himself) are exclusively monochromatic with pops of color through which the artist depicts the positive, hopeful aspects of life against the black and white immutable properties of mortal existence. The black and white universe YUM inhabits takes inspiration from mass culture in all its forms (cartoons, film, fashion, classic children’s books, fairytales) to create an inviting dreamscape of blissful childhood memory and fantasy. But beneath that bliss, is the hand of an artist who remembers all too well not just the beauty of being a child, but the concomitant pain.
YUM and Many Friends by Yusuke Toda
The artist was an only child in a home without a TV, and parents who both worked late into the night. To forget his loneliness, he began at a very young age to paint and create “super happy worlds in order to disconnect from sadness and the true realities of what it means to be a human and survive many hardships.” Within every painting, Yusuke connects with his child-self through what he describes as his alter-ego — the typically alone, but happy character of YUM who naturally carries the artist forward, moving him around his canvas effortlessly with the limitless mind of his former child self.
YUM and Friends 2 by Yusuke Toda
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday November 30th from 6pm – 8pm at Guy Hepner in New York City. The exhibition will be on view at 521 W. 26th St, Floor 5, New York, NY 10001.