The artist Yasue Kobe, also known as “YAYA”, is one of the pioneers of digital art in Japan. Yasue’s digital creations start from her original canvases, painted by her, by scanning them. The hallmark of these creations is the audacious chromatic choice, the use of always very bright, lively colors, often contrasted instead with intense black brushstrokes that outline the distinctive features of a cat. The work presented here is, in fact, part of the series of works named by the artist CAT’S TALK, whose protagonist is precisely, together with the color, the face of a cat, which is talking to us, which is transmitting a sensation based on the color it is surrounded by. In Japanese culture, the cat is considered a noble creature, rich in beauty and spirituality, therefore a figure bearer of great meanings and values. For this occasion, the artist dedicated the work to the 4th of July, one of the most important dates for the United States: the date that sanctioned the independence for this people. The very choice of colors recalls those of the US flag, which Americans always wave with great honor, and which have a profound meaning because we bear witness to the values on which they built their nation. The work, appearing on the screens of Times Square in NewYork on July 4, will be a tribute to these people on such a special day and a gift from the artist directly from the other side of the world. Only art can thus reduce distances and literally break them at times, in the sharing of ideals and emotions: a meeting of peoples, traditions and values through the art of Yasue Kobe.
—–Silvia Grassi, Art Curator
Title: CAT’S TALK NEW YORK
Size: 75 cm × 75 cm
Media: Mixed media (Geclee print on aluminium, Unique, signed by the artist )