Soul and Digital, Individuals and World Systems, Eros, Life and Death, Nature and Culture, Sacred and Profane.

The concept is "O and 1 ", which is the global minimum digital energy that has been discovered by humankind and natural energy in humans, the earth and space for tens of thousands of years. We are now in an age of insanity, where the body and soul are analog, but the world is digitized, and the balance between the individual and the world system is very dangerous. The dynamism of Japanese beauty is in nature, and Japanese white is the color of life, death, holiness, and hope. 
This white energy is expressed in an oriental spirit. 





A Transcendental Painting that Merges Opposites
Ever since the Greeks, Western philosophy has been grounded on a dualistic outlook. For example, opposites like good and evil and what exists and what doesnʼt. Shinichi Haraʼs work similarly handles two contending elements in its themes. That is to say, thereʼs the interplay of concepts of light and shadow (yin and yang), death and rebirth, and micro and macro. The most prominent being the contrasts between Western and Eastern, and analog and digital. However, unlike in the case of the confronted dichoto-mies of Western philosophy, the contradicting concepts he deals with seem to merge rather than confront each other.

As far as pictorial structures are concerned, the work can be seen in the context of global  contemporary painting. It goes beyond Pop Art or Simulationism. And perhaps, there is also an aspect in it that reconstructs post-modern painting after Jasper Johns with a sense of the present. Even todayʼs graffiti-informed styles seem to be somehow assimilated in his work. The flowing of energy, often drawn in single strokes of vivid white, is reminiscent of traditional Japanese designs like those of the Rimpa school and Hokusai.  In other words, he is endowed with a dynamism that integrates all of the aesthetic elements  that have impressed him in his life, which are superbly distilled within a technique that is verily his own.

His ability to harmonize the inhuman digital and the organic analog on the same picture is particularly worthy of attention. Just as Jeff Koons was once a financial commodity broker in New York and was able to make art out of capitalism, Hara, once a system engineer at NEC,  is capable of sublimating the digital realmʼs binary system in the context of conceptual art in his present role as an artist.

Taisuke Morishita (Art Critic)
(Translation: Aquiles Hadjis)
TOKYO ICON Engraved on the skull


TOKYO POP | Japanese Contemporary Artist