Art Review: Naoto Hattori’s ‘Super Bionics’
Naoto Hattori’s new show called Super Bionics at Copro Gallery goes well with other Low Brow greats that Copro first worked with in the 90’s; Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Shag and Pizz. What Hattori has in common with Mark Ryden in particular is a refined painting skill. Â The name of the show is Super Bionics and you might expect to see robots and electronic hardware throughout. Â While there is a mask like feature to some of the characters in a few paintings, what is surprising is how much the images are about earthly nature and the spiritual nature of worlds real and dreamed. Â Molecules, nerve tendrils and particles float out of and around heads that look like universes or eggs, creation on display in either case. Â Animals and people are merged as one or in symbiotic relationships, reminiscent of ghosts and totems from different cultures. Â It’s an interesting mix where the space of galaxies meets the charm of woodland creatures, all re imagined into a new world with new gods. Â The images are small and intimate ranging from 4″x6″ to 15″x20″, painted in a delicate and detailed way. Â It’s a fascinating tumble when east meets west in the way of anime painted in a European style that you might see at the Huntington Library.
You can see the entire show online or see it in person at the Copro Gallery through August 28.