Brazilian-American visual artist Oscar Oiwa uses time travel, role-playing and pure artistic license in If I lived inher latest exhibition currently on view at the all-purpose center for New York-based Japanese designers, NowHere.
A conceptual encounter of past and present, Oiwa’s works reveal a fantastical world where he travels through time meeting some of the great masters of art, including Pablo Picasso, Giacomo Balla, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol. During these theoretical and fantasy journeys, the artist visits places that mark his personal movements and milestones and reveal his own annotated history of 20th century art.
Every time and place——from Paris in 1910 to Milan, 1925; Mexico, 1934 in São Paulo in 1956 and more——expressed in two forms of media, the first being powerful large-scale oil paintings that depict the art studio he would have had at each of his chosen eras, complemented by 3D digital images. renderings of space, which place an avatar of the artist himself there. Each daydream fantasy situation is accompanied by soundtracks by seven-time Grammy-nominated Zé Luis, and will be sold as an animated NFT.
Through meticulous detail and subtle stylistic variations, Oiwa shows us each ideal workspace eight times, the series crowned with his painting and rendering of the Long Island City studio he has occupied for ten years, completing his escapades through history by finding themselves in the current day.
Exhibited at the NowHere gallery in New York until April 3, If I lived in gives us a glimpse into the dreams and fantasies of a frantically creative mind.