Myths, Legends, Ghosts, and Demons
Invisible NYC is proud to host a solo-exhibit by mixed-media artist and world famous tattoo artist, Jason Loui.
Jason Loui, a 27 year old tattooer and painter who owns and operates Redemption Tattoo in Cambridge Massachuesets, is known for his exceptional tattooing as well as his brilliantly executed watercolors. Both are in high demand. Mr. Loui’s exhibit of watercolors at Invisible NYC, Myths, Legends, Ghosts, and Demons, combines imagery from traditional Japanese folklore and ghost stories with contemporary tattoo inspired visual structures and motifs.
The graphic aesthetic of certain types of Japanese art, such as scroll paintings and woodcuts, as well as the Japanese culture having a long and complicated relationship with tattoos, is common fodder for many tattoo artists like Mr. Loui. Such influences are also integral to his other medium of choice, his watercolors. All of the exhibited works are vertical, a reference to traditional Japanese scroll paintings, but also enhancing the whimsical and eerie nature of the subject matter. Each painting unveils a story within itself as well as referencing the other works in the exhibit. Each stands alone but is part of a larger visual context.
"I have tried to develop a greater understanding of Japanese myth and legend through my work, illustrating well known and popular tattoo imagery, as well as more obscure traditional stories"
Mr. Loui creates an ongoing narrative within the gallery space, like individual cells from a movie. The show presents both triptychs as well as large-scale individual paintings. An otherworldly, nightmarish landscape spills from each work while the subjective elements flow throughout the exhibit. A totem of images in one painting recalls the severed heads and venomous ghosts in another work. The overall effect is unsettling, but also delicately beautiful through Mr. Loui’s unique, contemporary take on the fragility of Japanese folklore and aesthetic.
The show will run from December 1st through February 18th 2006, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8:00 PM. The opening reception will be on Thursday Dec. 1st from 7:00-10:00 PM.
Jesse Lee Denning
148 Orchard Street
New York, NY