Naoto Hattori "REM" and "Morpheus, The Art Of" @ Copro Gallery

Jul 27, 2013 - Aug 10, 2013Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

I think that nightfall is always the best time to become enveloped in the grotto that is Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station. There was a particularly dreamy aspect to opening night of the group that runs July 27 through August 20, 2013, and it transmuted boundaries on many levels. Naoti Hattori, who studied in Tokyo, chose REM as his theme, examining that most intense stage of sleep. Jota Leal from Venezuela probes the subconscious, showing that depth can be shown with humor and whimsy. Polish Darius Zawadzki delves in a deep palette and American Geoffrey Gersten digstothe jar of Jelly Bellies for his colors, both extolling surrealist fantasy.

On second thought, sun-up is a fine time to traipse through a dreamy tour of this array of international renderings that don’t require a second language. 

-Gwynned Vitello


Naoto Hattori's "REM"

Copro Gallery presents Naoto Hattori's 6th solo show with the gallery "REM" which is the stage of sleep when people have intense dreams similar to waking hallucinations. This current body of work consists of Naoto's largest paintings yet! Of his work, He says: "My vision is like a dream, whether it's a sweet dream, a nightmare, or just a trippy dream. I try to see what's really going on in my mind, and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it is and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create my own vision."

Naoto studied graphic design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in 2000. As well as painting, he works in editorial, CD and book covers, flyers, posters, skateboard and snowboard design.Hattori has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Directors Club and has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz, Spectrum, Airbrush Action, and others.  He has exhibited at numerous galleries across the United States and the world.

"Morpheus, the Art Of"

Copro Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by James Cowan & Morpheus Gallery. Morpheus began in 1989 by publishing books and prints by Swiss surrealist and ALIEN designer, H.R. Giger, and expanded to include such artists as De Es Schwertberger, Jacek Yerka, Judson Huss,  and Zdzislaw Beksinski.  Morpheus has focused on contemporary masters of the fantastic and surreal, all with a strong technique and unique imagination. Recently,  Morpheus has begun working with Polish artist Dariusz Zawadzki, American  painterGeoffrey Gerstenand the transformative portraitist, Jota Leal.

James Cowan puts it this way "When you can find someone with a supreme technique, who manages to meld that with a unique and visionary imagination, well, you have something that is quite rare and special." James began the art publishing and exhibiting firm over twenty years ago in Beverly Hills, CA , and currently operates it out of Las Vegas. Cowan also began Morpheus Fine Watches recently and released an H.R. Giger watch design.  When not managing Morpheus, Cowan writes, and currently has a film in development with Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz.

The exhibition at the Copro Gallery will include numerous works by Jota, Geoffrey  Gerston and Dariusz Zawadzki, with a sampling of other fine artists. Jota and Gerston will attend the opening event and Jota will be doing Live Painting.