Back Talk—Yosuke Ueno

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 24 Apr 2011
Yosuke Ueno comes from Japan but might be from another planet. His themes are very cosmic and he's also known as SpaceEgg77. His palette of colors is otherworldly and his themes range from Anne Frank looking down on earth from the heavens to cosmic ducks and magic mushrooms. Bizarre, surreal and thought provoking, conjuring images from another galaxy are words that come to mind.

Ueno will be showing at Thinkspace Gallery beginning on April 30, 2011.

1. One reason you make art:

The reason I make my art is because I get imaginations. Imaginations always provoke me into creating. I feel that I have to give them forms when I’ve got imaginations.


2. The last good movie you saw:

A movie named Up in the Air. In that film, the protagonist is represented as a kind of metaphor of an angel that comes down from the Heaven only when he tells people the death. The main theme is how people find real significance of their works. In that point, this movie resembles Heart Locker.


3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

I have a lot of drawings to be painted. These drawings always prod me into creating and I’ve been feeling that the lifetime is not long enough to realize what to be realized.

For now, I am considering to making pieces in the context of traditional Japanese arts.



4. Favorite country or city visited:

I had come across a lot of kind people all the time I go abroad. So I couldn’t define one country or city to be the best. Where people I love is my favorite place.

Especially, I had come across many people at L.A. 2010 and now I love L.A. for those friends.


5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

Máo Zéd?ng S?xi?ng had left the words as “to be young, unknown, and poor, these three are important elements to achieve something.”


6. Something you want the world to know about you:

Though I don’t declare that loudly, my art works derive from context of tradition of Japan or Japanese traditional art works.


7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

I feel frustrated to see people with no imaginations.



8. Something that concerns you:

I love cooking. I am making my cooking notes and enjoy cooking my original recipes for friends.


9. Artists you admire:

An early Japanese painter, Sessh? T?y?. I love to see a garden that designed by him in an old temple in Kyoto.


10. Favorite quote(s):

Words described in that Sesshu’s garden. “Contentment is better than riches.”

The Zen words tell us to recognize and accept the imperfectness of one, and strive for one’s life.


11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

A soundtrack of a Japanese movie. I love to imagine the world of movies that I haven’t seen yet by listening the music.


12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

Fortunately, I haven’t felt I am procrastinating yet. But I enjoy myself by going outside, running, meeting friends, seeing movies, listening to music, and reading books when I do not feel like drawing or painting.


This is digression though; new characters sometimes come to my mind when I am on a train with my notebook. In trains, I seem to get inspirations of unexpected characters or ideas.


13. What is your most defining characteristic?

I tend to devote myself to one thing, ignoring other things around. Art is a frequent object of that my tendency.


14. What is your greatest fear?

I feel unspeakable fear when I consider about space and infiniteness.


15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

Often I am drawing and painting in my dreams. Awakening from those dreams, I have a realization that I am an artist.


16. Your greatest quality:

Positivity. However I had been a negative boy as a teenager and I had painted nothing but dark aspects of the world at that times. My positivity might be a reaction to the negative mind.


17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

I hope to improve my English.


18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

Though I had never been conscious how risky the action was, when I was an art student, I had been devoted myself to creating, neglecting my health. Those days I hadn’t afford myself even to eat and sleep. I feel I couldn’t do such a thing for now.



19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:

I had just started to take part in shows in the U.S. about five years ago. I had been lost myself in making pieces and couldn’t think about the future at those days.


20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

I wish to be an artist whose works are seen by more people than now. I would like to paint a mural for a hotel in the near future.




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