Fiber Resin, 100 cm
USD 12,000 – 17,100
About the artwork
Hiro Ando's Sumo cat is a playful fusion of Japan's love for their Lucky cats and Sumo wrestling, both long recognized icons of the country's vibrant cultural landscape. The anthropomorphic sculpture stands in an 'shikiri' position (the starting squat assumed by Sumo wrestlers before a match) with an aura that is both endearing and daunting. Ando recontextualizes these icons within the hyperreal mass culture of the modern day, by depicting the cat using a bright neon orange colour that has a distinct urban feel. Hiro Ando’s works create a contemporary dialogue between Japan’s past and present culture, while still remaining strongly rooted in the complexities of Japanese history and society.
About the artist
Acquiring his degree from the University of Art, Hiro Ando began his prolific career in 1995 in Tokyo, depicting its nighttime urban landscape. With a lot of inspiration, the streets proved to be an endless source of material for his narratives which often included the red fish in addition to the urban background. The act of the red fish in his paintings greatly reminds of the ancient Japanese watercolor paintings, thus making his work permeated with both a contemporary and traditional feeling. With his artistic beginnings tied to illustration, he would draw several sketches before actually working on the canvas, and his practice has since spread to video material, digital support, and sculpture.