Baseman in Wonderland (Megumi Ogita, Tokyo)

Gary Baseman is in the group exhibition “Wonderland” at MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, now through March 16, 2024.

The Tokyo-based gallery states: The theme of this exhibition is for those who seek a brief escape from reality in our stressful daily lives. Staying in a familiar world can help us to maintain our peace of mind, whereas people are attracted to art because they want a more exciting and special experience. We all used to be thrilled as children to see what would happen next. The characters in wonderland evoke for the viewer the exuberance of those days. There is also a strange, yet somehow reasonable, sense of wonder, as if the fragmented dreams in a doze are connected to one another.

Pablo Picasso once said, “Art is a lie that makes us realise truth.” Through the spectacle of anthropomorphic animals, giant starfish and other works by six unique artists, we are reminded that we indeed exist.

MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY 2-16-12 B1 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061 Japan

“This work is a combination of looking back at childhood and an opening to the post-pandemic world. I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of innocence we have when young, and the idea of washing away adult responsibilities and societal negativity.”

Catch the Wind (above) shows the spirit of youth while trying to do something impossible: catch the wind. The painting title comes from a 1965 song by Donovan.

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