Just a piece of painting, 2011
oil on canvas, 60.6 x 72.7cm




Photo: Takashi Fujikawa


Junya Sato : Just a piece of painting


June 24 – July 25, 2021

Aoyama Meguro is pleased to present a gallery window installation of a painting created by Junya Sato in 2011, which was intended to be exhibited 10 years after its initial creation.

Passers-by will be able to see this work at any time during the exhibition.
It is ideal that such a coincidence should happen on the street.


‘This time, only one painting will be exhibited in the gallery window. 

I made this painting in 2011 to be exhibited 10 years later.
There were two events that led me to start drawing this…

One was the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake which caused enormous damage to a large area in East Japan… and the other event was my sister giving birth to a baby girl in the same year as the earthquake.

That year, with confusion and impatience, I saw the enormous damage to a large area, including my hometown. Meanwhile, my niece, who was born in that same year, gave me a chance to imagine a time far away from there.

This work is roughly made by imagining my niece 10 years later.
Since, I expected that the time from when it was made until it was shown, would play a role as some kind of act in the painting of this work.

Now, ten years have passed since that tremendously large and indescribable day.

I decided to put this painting in a window facing a busy street’.

                                                                                                 June, 2021  Junya Sato

Translated by Jesse Hogan, Risa Kashiwagi



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This time, KumotoHouki will start two new projects, “COLLECTED LETTERS” and “Popourri Mail of Ontayama”, with the cooperation of TALION GALLERY.
These two projects are Subscription Works based on “mail”.  A letter from an artist(= a work) is delivered to the subscriber once a month for 6 months.


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佐藤 純也 参加:SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019(相模原市、神奈川)


12 Oct – 4 Nov, 2019


会期 令和元年10月12日(土曜日)~11月4日(月曜日・休日)
時間 午前10時~午後6時
会場 アートラボはしもと
休館日 水曜日
スタジオ公開時間 午後1時から6時(公開は土・日曜日、祝日のみ)
入場料 無料
主催 SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019 実行委員会(Super Open Studio NETWORK・アートラボはしもと)



佐藤 純也 参加:SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018(相模原市)


10.13 – 11.4, 2018


アートラボはしもと会場|10:00~18:00 休館日|水曜日
アクセス(アートラボはしもと)|神奈川県相模原市緑区大山町1-43(京王相模原線、JR横浜線・相模線橋本駅 南口より徒歩約12分)

主催:SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018 実行委員会(Super Open Studio NETWORK・アートラボはしもと)
共催:アートラボはしもと(相模原市)助成公益財団法人 朝日新聞文化財団
協賛:東京造形大学校友会・多摩美術大学校友会・株式会社studio ban



Gray Scale  2018, oil on canvas, 27.3×22cm / 22.7×15.8cm


Junya Sato: I memorize one thing, and forget eight things


28 July – 25 August 2018
scheduled to end on 6 Sep


Date: 28 July – 25 August 2018
extend: 28 July – 6 September 2018
Opening hours: Thu – Sat. 12:00 – 19:00/ Sun. 12:00 – 18:00
Closed on Mon, Tue, Wed and Public holiday

Opening party: 28 July 19:00-21:00



This is a story of the good old days when people were devoted to communication through SNS. Referring to the archive, it was during this period when an enormous amount of images, much greater than even the whole amount of materials before the SNS, began to be stored from moment to moment.

There we can see so many photos to mark the occasion, with the faces of proud, high-energy people. One notable feature of digital photo at that time was the “selfie,” where a smartphone is attached at the tip of a stick to record oneself with friends or strangers. Most of these images did not capture historical, special moments regarding international issues, but ordinary people in not so special situations.

Of course, people often take such photos even now and they release the images to the public. But, still and all, what was the intention of posting those images on the internet, showing to unspecified persons, and storing such an enormous number of them? Some people would take too many photos of things or themselves all the time during their travel and could not remember the recorded scenes when they reviewed them later. Incredibly, in many cases, not only would some people get depressed if the posted images could not get “like” in the SNS, but also certain relationships of them would suffer as a result.

Why were people devoted to do such a thing to that extent?

Junya Sato (born 1977, lived and worked in Kanagawa) was a painter who was in his twenties to thirties during that time. Out of the massive number of stored images that continued to increase, he selected rather minute images similar to the phenomena he encountered when he went to work, at his work, strolling on holiday, and during his traveling. Based on these images, he painted on ordinary canvases, boards, and extremely small, trivial medium like sponge puffs in so monotonous way that the identity of the artist was barely visible. His artwork wore a quite different aspect compared with the contemporary art at the time whose features were enormous scale, emphasis on intensity, and provision of spectacle. Not only that, some dozens of his paintings were drawn just in a few hours, and some hundreds of them in a few days; besides, there is one painting which took 10 years for completion. We cannot tell the amount of time and energy devoted to each painting even with a closer look, which makes his artwork even stranger.

Was he trying to stand out in a paradoxical fashion? Or, did he merely accept and express a simple fact that with the flood of images, regardless of the intensity of stimulus, people got bored soon and once the need for approval was fulfilled, no one could remember them any longer?

Nowadays, the images we conceive of searching have already gone far away beyond the sea of the digital archive. The assemblage of Sato’s seemingly unremarkable, minute paintings is actually rich in experiences, scenes, and fleetingness that cannot be intentionally realized any more after being freed from the desire to impress or be remembered by other people.


Translate: Katsumi Ota


Installation view, 佐藤 純也 : 1つ覚えて、8つ忘れる


Junya Sato | Nobuhiko Murayama | Nina Beier & Marie Lund
“Light Through the Window”


8.26 – 9.24, 2017



Date: 26 August to 24 September 2017
Opening: August 26 18:00-20:00

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00-19:00
Sunday: 12:00-17:00
Closed on Mondays and national holidays
3-18-2-101 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
courtesy of  WAKO WORKS OF ART, Aoyama Meguro
Hagiwara Projects is pleased to present “Light Through the Window”, an exhibition of three artists; Junya Sato, Nobuhiko Murayama and Nina Beier & Marie Lund.
Over the last few years, Junya Sato has regularly created drawings by spreading coins left in his wallet at dayʼs end on a canvas and tracing the outline of their shape. In this exhibition, having selected out of over 100 drawings, some of them will be either on display or will be exhibited by being put in a box. The abstract, monochrome image of these drawings is suggestive of great stream in human society such as circulation of currency and associated social activities.
Nobuhiko Murayama explores how to express the optical experience of seeing a thing through painting in the motif of ancient sculptures exhibited in a foreign museum. The image of the sculpture, painted by the method of pushing paint from the back of the coarse cotton linen through the front of the canvas, is faint and blurred, but has a strong sense of presence as if an image were etched on the retina. His artwork is an abstraction of the sense of time hidden at the back of an image.
Nina Beier & Marie Lund exhibit artwork of framed vintage posters which were initially exhibited in 2008. The theme of these posters is to protest war; however, viewers can hardly see the content as the posters are folded in half. The artwork questions its viewer about the “perception of an image” while the object itself is scarcely visible.
The “images” produced through three different approaches quietly but luxuriantly diffuse in peopleʼs instincts and sensations.



Junya Sato: Spring Fever (Komagome SOKO, Tokyo)


4.1 – 23, 2017


Venue: Komagome SOKO
2-14-2 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Date: Sat. 1 April – Sun. 23 April, 2017
Hour: 12:00 – 19:00 (until 17:00 on Sunday)closed on Mon., Tue., and Public Holidays

Opening Reception: 1 April from 17:00 onwards


Web: facebook.com/KomagomeSOKO
email: info@komagomesoko.com

More info: https://springfeverkomagome.tumblr.com/



赤羽史亮 / Fumiaki Akahane
有馬かおる / Kaoru Arima
今津景 / Kei Imazu
石井太介 / Daisuke Ishii
石坂翔 / Sho Ishizaka
石川卓磨 / Takuma Ishikawa
泉イネ / Ine Izumi
泉啓司 / Keiji Izumi
池崎拓也 / Takuya Ikezaki
今井俊介 / Shunsuke Imai
加藤泉(ゲスト)/ Izumi Kato (Guest)
川角岳大 / Gakudai Kawasumi
木村俊幸 / Toshiyuki Kimura
木下令子 / Reiko Kinoshita
小見拓 / Taku Komi
国川広 / Hiroshi Kunikawa
森靖 / Osamu Mori
長尾郁明 / Fumiaki Nagao
中野浩二 / Koji Nakano
中崎透 / Tohru Nakazaki
西村有 / Yu Nishimura
野沢裕 / Yutaka Nozawa
大野綾子 / Ayako Ohno
岡野智史 / Satoshi Okano
大久保具視 / Tomomi Okubo
小左誠一郎 / Seiichiro Osa
佐藤純也 / Junya Sato
清水信幸 / Nobuyuki Shimizu
菅隆紀 / Takanori Suga
菅雄嗣 / Yushi Suga
杉浦亜由子 / Ayuko Sugiura
鈴木知佳 / Chika Suzuki
田幡浩一 / Kouichi Tabata
高田冬彦 / Fuyuhiko Takada
谷口真人 / Makoto Taniguchi
友清大介 / Daisuke Tomokiyo
土屋信子 / Nobuko Tsuchiya
臼井良平 / Ryohei Usui
山根一晃 / Kazuaki Yamane
and more…
The group exhibition by more than 40 artists, “Spring Fever” will be held at Komagome SOKO. Our purpose is to generate new links and vibration between artists, curators, collectors, gallerists and viewers! Please visit our little art fair in East side of Tokyo.


佐藤 純也・橋本 聡 参加:042 art area project 2016, SUPER OPEN STUDIO(アトリエボイス、橋本)

10.15 – 11.6, 2016


042 art area project 2016  SUPER OPEN STUDIO
アートラボはしもと会場|10:00~18:00 休館日|水曜日 
休館日|水曜日 入場無料 スタジオ公開は土・日・祝のみ

主催|Super Open Studio NETWORK
助成|公益財団法人 花王芸術・科学財団、公益財団法人 朝日新聞文化財団 、公益財団法人 野村財団
後援|アートラボはしもと事業推進協議会 (相模原市・女子美術大学・多摩美術大学・桜美林大学・東京造形大学)、多摩美術大学校友会

桶 屋/pimp studio/LUCKY HAPPY STUDIO/青木スタジオ(仮)/studio kelcova/相原スタジオ/STACK ROOM/アトリエボイス/モゲスタ Moge Studio/クンストハウス/Art space Kaikas’/ESA/ニDEC/STUDIO牛小屋/REV/TANA Studio/アトリエ481/STUDIO VOLTA/STUDIOカタクリコ/studio RMP/Bartleby/studio ban/福永大介



神奈川県相模原市緑区相原 5-12-47-2F
JR線・京王線橋本駅北口より[神奈川中央交通バス]橋01、橋03、橋50 三ヶ木行「森の上バス停」下車 徒歩3分


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日時 | 11月3日(木・祝)19:00ー20:30
会場 | アートラボはしもと
企画 | 佐藤純也(アトリエボイス)
登壇者 | スタートバーン株式会社 代表取締役 施井泰平

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日時 | 11月5日(土)19:00ー21:00
会場 | アートラボはしもと
企画 | 井出賢嗣/TANA Studio
ゲスト | 井出賢嗣 千葉正也 榎本耕一 橋本聡 平山昌尚 五嶋英門(スカイプ出演)