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​◆Exhibition Statement◆

[Presented at a solo exhibition ”City Super Zero” in Dec 2022]

Yuya became interested in cities and street culture when he started skateboarding in his childhood, and represents works about "the relationship between cities and people".


Most of his works have a consistent theme that the chaos of the city, with its overcrowded intermingling of people, things, and events, is an essential element for the maturation of culture.


And now, as our time spent in digital space increases and our consumption behavior accelerates, he feels the birth of new cities and streets in digital space, where there is no concept of gravity, and where immaterial objects abound.


In this exhibition, the uniquely curved support is inspired by Saito's roots in skateboarding, creating a new visual language to represent cities and streets. In addition, ghost appears as symbol of digital space, free of gender, skin color, and the effects of gravity, and NFT works are also exhibited in an attempt to capture a new vision of the city.


The value created by zero is just around the corner.


[2022年12月個展City Super Zero"にて提示]








​◆Exhibition Statement◆

[Presented at a solo exhibition ”Curving City” in April 2022]

A city that has developed through the overcrowding of people, things, and events has faced the natural disaster of infectious diseases over the last few years, and the characteristic of the city, which is overcrowded, has become the most problematic situation.
It is getting thronged with people, but, the city has begun to take on a new atmosphere by getting the awareness of "distance" and "remote"
Along with that, while the word "Metaverse" wraps around society, the acceleration of staying time and consumer behavior in the current digital space seems to change the concept of cities and streets in the real space.
In the future, if the universe and the Metaverse without "control by gravity" become one of our new bases, the concept of “top and bottom” that has an affinity with gravity will weaken, "Top / Bottom", "promotion / relegation" etc. I feel that the principle of competition that we have unavoidably accepted will eventually become the past.
It also means such as the skateboarding culture that is my root with a flat world view where professional skateboarders, kids and homeless people are staying together in the same skateboard park.
This exhibition focuses on what kind of changes the city will face in the new normal, which is premised on the round trip between reality and digital.


[2022年4月個展"Curving City"にて提示]



それに伴い、”メタバース”というワードがぼんやりと社会を包み込む中、現在のデジタル空間における滞在時間と消費行動の加速は、現実空間における都市やストリートの概念に変化を与える予感がします。今後、特に ”重力による支配”のない宇宙やメタバースが新たな拠点の一つとなるならば、重力と親和性を結んできた上下への概念は弱まり、『首位・最下位』、『昇進・降格』など、私たちが致し方なく受け入れてきた競争原理もいずれは霞んでゆくのではないかと感じます。それはサイトウのルーツでもあるスケートボードカルチャーが持つ、プロスケーターも、子供たちも、ホームレスも同じスケートボードパークで居合わせるフラットな世界観にも重なるのです。



◆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.








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