The impression that Uchiumi’s artwork gives is of a big blue star, rather than a painting. Most paintings are rectangular in shape, and so Uchiumi’s star-shaped paintings, which bluntly defy this convention, stand out. When we represent stars with the common “star-shaped” symbol, we usually picture them as being yellow. The blue star is the Earth, the planet we live on, as it is observed from outer space. The shape of the star as a symbol, and the actual color of the planet are melded in this artwork. Upon closer inspection, this blue color is shown to have subtle variations, drawn with meticulous dots. The close-up view, with paint laid three-dimensionally, resembles the surface of the planet. Uchiumi is also exhibiting an enormous yellow painting based on the moon in an unoccupied store in the Ishizawa district in Hitachiomiya city, which we hope you will visit.
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Photo: Ken Kato