Opening Reception 1/19

Eiji Sato -Ki no Kakera-

“When one explores, one begins to see all possibilities. Continue to observe and do not give up the impossibility of seeing everything.”


Eiji Sato's work deepens that which has been thought of as taken for granted. Born in 1967, as a child, when asked what he wanted to be when he became an adult, his uncomfortable answer was, "a rich man." For Eiji, whatever he sees and whatever he feels, are all a result of his journeys in the world, testing the limits of his abilities, and encounters with nature and people. Throughout these journeys, he has seen different viewpoints, different perspectives, widening his field of view. Together with his colleagues, he cultivates perception and perspective by deeply delving into the meaning of various things using language.


Upon hearing that his friend appreciated masks, Eiji heart came alive in the creation of that mask and presenting it to his friend. In 2002, Eiji rented a house deep in Mt. Fuji's interior recommended to him by an acquaintance. While in that house, Eiji had a great opportunity to understand himself and it was during that time he tried to understand the meaning of the numeral 1, finally making sense to him. Later, Eiji became an engineer, but in 2008 after a car accident, he quit his job and decided to express himself through the art of sculpture.



2010 Red String

2011 Ahead of The Red String The meaning of the red string is fate, and how that fate affects others. In the exhibition, fate is represented by a functioning red puppet string that connects to all the other puppets in the exhibition. Pulling the red string, with an infinite amount of choices, one can feel what fate is in that moment. We live in the continuous moment. A vision that also came to mind is that the red string that connects everything is also connected to you.


2013 Ki no Kakera  - The Skeleton of the Gods of the World. Each of the gods have their own faith and morals. Most people are born and raised with values that are obvious to them. One by one, we delve deeper into the meaning of the god's teachings, and one by one we can see their original meaning.


Utilizing a variety of wood cuttings, I create pieces that observe the meaning of the world and me.


EXHIBITION: 1/20, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 1/24, SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Appointments only on Wednesday)



No, not "ouch". Pronounced OOH-WOO-CH-I, Ouchi is Japanese for "home" or "house". Our gallery is named Ouchi because we display artwork by contemporary Japanese artists in a home-like setting.
Art should be more than a business commodity. It should transform into our daily lives, awakening us with new thoughts and passions each day. The best art teaches that there are no limits to individual pursuits; that our own possibilities are infinite.
When you visit Ouchi Gallery, we hope that you feel both at home and inspired. Perhaps you will feel something exhilarating—a positive "ouch!"