ARTIST STATEMENT

I was fascinated by American abstract expressionism before I started to learn in Musashino Art University in Japan. And I had made two-dimensional art and art videos in Japan until I came to USA in 2013. While I was in Japan, I won the 3rd place at GEISAI, which the global artist Takashi Murakami organized, did a big painting as a commission work for a villa in Cape Town, Waterline, won an art video “ENMAN” at an art video competition, videoforme 2014 in France. 

After I came to NY, I had improved my art skill at an art school, National Academy for one year. And I had assisted a Japanese artist Yuken Teruya’s studio and learned photography at Columbia University’s summer program after that. I've been improving my art; my opportunities are expanding. 

I often show the progress of my art because I think that the progress or the atmosphere are important. My art performance - live painting with dancers or musicians from 2012 to 2015 expressed over self-expression. The collaborated art excited the audiences’ senses; I made every effort to create a place with empathy and feeling emotion. It is really rare. American abstract expressionism movement had expanded with unconscious expressions, discoveries of the unconscious and placing importance on the action. My various art inherit that. In addition, my art show how to have a vivid communication by art with new generation.

 


PROFILE

Ryoko Goto was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Goto showed her interest in art at early age and soon found herself in an art prep school aspiring to be a stage designer for theater arts.

During the school years she became more engrossed in its amusement of oil painting and since then she has determined to be a painter. Around the same time Goto encountered the works of abstract expressionists such as Aso Saburo, one of the leading figures in Japanese abstract art movement, and the New York School of the 50's which later had a great influence on her painting style.

After graduating Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design, Goto was away from any creative work as she felt like she was lost over the concept of “art school” and “art” itself. Yet the death of her close friend brought her back to the art creation reassuring that art is indispensable to her, and Goto started over her career as an artist at age of 31.


ARTIST STATEMENT

私が大事に思っている事は作品制作へのパッションと新たな可能性に挑戦し続ける事だ。型にとらわれ、技巧に走る事は自分の可能性を狭める事だと考えている。だから敢えて型は決めずに即興的な作品を好む。ソニーのウォークマンやファミコンが生活の一部となり、テクノロジーの浸透が私達の精神や身体に新しい感覚をもたらし始めた80年代。私はそんな時代の東京で幼少期を過ごした。 18歳の時 、東京の美術館で50年代のアートムーブメント、「ニューヨークアートスクールの展示」に出会った事が私の方向性を決めた。日本の武蔵野美術短大では油画を専攻し、平面抽象作品の制作に打ち込んだ。2013年にNYに移ってからは、ニューヨークスクールに所縁のあるナショナルアカデミーで学ぶ機会を得、自分の可能性を広げる為にで粘土彫塑、版画、ドローイングなどのクラスを専攻。その中で最もハマったのはドローイングの世界。ミシェル•リカルシのドローイングのクラスから多大な影響を受けた。また、コロンビア大のトーマスローマのクラスで学ぶ機会もあり、写真はその瞬間を切り取 る面白い媒体であると実感。トーマスローマの「アーティストとはチャレンジングしていく人たちのことだ」という言葉に大きく影響を受ける。良い師との出会いは他にもあり、最も影響を受けた人物は高校時代に絵を学んだ田中睦治氏 (現沖縄県芸大教授)。私が今NYで活動しているのは「世界のどこかに自分の作品を理解する人が必ず一人はいる。その人に生きている間に出会えるかもしれないし出会えないかもしれない。でもどこかに必ずいるから、自分の思うままに作品を作っていくべし」という彼の言葉に導かれての事かも知れない。最近は新たな地平を開くべく、個人制作の他に、映像作家、ディレクター、ダンサー、など<色々なプロフェッショナルとコラボレートし、自分の新しい世界観に挑戦し続けている。