◆Exhibition Statement◆

[Presented at a solo exhibition ”Disaster Slide” in Dec 2021]

2011, the year the earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan.

In the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi, where Saito was born and raised in, everything was engulfed and destroyed by the massive waves, including his home and the town he skateboarded in.

After a decade, as people still struggle to survive the aftermath and get back their normalcy, they now face a once-in-a-century pandemic.


This exhibition revolves around two major themes: first, the culture of skateboarding, which influenced the artist’s distinct curved style; second, the coexistence with natural disasters, which was a very personal experience to Saito himself.

Since the dawn of time, humans have been confronted by numerous forms of natural disasters--earthquake, starvation, plague--that strike out of the blue, and have managed to survive. By contrasting the skateboarding culture characterized by its hardy yet cheeky spirit, Saito attempts to express the human energy in a unique visualization.


“Disaster Slide” is the name of a skateboarding trick where one slides down the rail with his back facing the direction of movement, which, if failed, can end up in a disastrous injury. In a world where calamities can surprise us at any moment, it reminds us of the energy and resilience that enabled our predecessors to bounce back from whatever challenges thrown at them.


As 2021 marks ten years from the historic earthquake while our fight against the pandemic continues, we hope that this exhibition will become a ray of light at the end of the tunnel to get us through this chaotic time.


[2021年12月個展"Disaster Slide"にて提示]






本展のタイトル「Disaster Slide」はスケートボードの技のひとつです。




◆Exhibition Statement◆

[Presented at a solo exhibition ”With Simultaneity” in Oct 2020]

Nowadays, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to touch the news of the furthest country.


The expansion of the Internet has closed us to the myriad of events happening in the world and has given us a bird's eye view.


However, the information on the smartphone flows from the top to the bottom, the seek bar of the video moves from the left to the right, even the sun illuminates the ground in order, they give us the impression that things are made up of order and continuity.


So far, Saito has presented his work on the chaos of streets and cities through his background as a skateboarder. The city space where people, things, and events occur at the same time without being caught up in the past appears to him as the richness of "the world does not have to be continuous".


While there are familiar ideas rooted in continuity, such as associations, connections, and ties, they are not enough to capture an unordered or unordered dynamic world, so it was connected to the concept "Simultaneity". 


Recently, through hints such as the words that began to appear due to advanced digitization such as simultaneous connection, simultaneous distribution, simultaneous play, and a feature of the image editing tool Photoshop that represents the overlapping of layers as one image at the same time,  he is trying to catch the richness of a discontinuous world.