Ken Sato

Cataloque "Avesta Art 2006 - Space. Rhythm. Room", by  Karin Perers


"My characters dance off"the material,  represent  feelings  and
moments, lack literal meaning.  Nature herself contributes with
nuances  through the language of  the sand itself.  In the poetic
cosmos  pauses  are  necessary  - space to breath. Therefore the
void  - around the characters and between  the works of art  -
also has meaning.
In his artistic creation, Ken Sato often forms a link with calligra-
phy. He was born  and raised  in Japan  and learned  calligraphy
as a child. Writing beaty  is the original essence of  calligraphy,
but  the young  Ken Sato  has  learned  that  creation's  light-
heartedness  and  artistry  were eclipsed, weighted  down by  the
dogma of tradition. He left Japan,  first for the USA  and  then  
came to Sweden. In 1966  he arrived in Stockholm  where he
works as an artist  with the focus  on reality and dreams.  His
calligraphy is totally abstract.

   "A literary text has its own rhythm. On the line with letters
there are slso space and full stops. I create pictures with a calligra-
phic tone that invite reflection. Where have I been, what happened
there?  Where am going?  Life is not a continuous flow of events.
Life has its moments of  relaxation which provide  perspective.  
We have to add  what the imagination offers to real experiences." 
   "I have worked with a variety of ways of expression  during
my artistic life and with different materials. My thoughts are far
from static  -  I want to work  freely,  expressively,  concentrated  
and  rhythmically  with my art."

As early as 1981,  Ken Sato experimented with creating art  from
sand. In the farming and mining country around  Sala, where he
and his family have their summer cottage, he collected sand of
a variety of colours and grain sizes to shape calligraphy. After ten
years  the collecting became more organised and through his own
travels and  those of his friends  his bank of sand  now contains  
all the beauty of  sand's colour  and  variety  that the world  can  
offer.  Sand art, where  each  grain retains  its  natural  subtle 
distuinction, is  Ken  Sato's  hallmark.
   Ken Sato's  art  is  on  show  throughout  Sweden  and  Japan.
Without  trepidation, he encourages the meeting  between poetic,
abstract  calligraphy and the modern Japan,  which  proved to be
receptive  to seeing  how  sand - as a mute material - breathes
living light  into works of art, an interpretation that brings a new
perspective  to interpreting  tradition.
   Ken Sato was born in 1946 in Numazu, Japan.