TORU OTANI

Toru Otani creates his works on unconventional materials like the backside of sandpaper, empty cigarette packages and vintage maps. Many of the foundational materials used in his practice – such as prewar textbooks, used notes and postcards – are acquired from online auctions. Otani then uses colored pencils to erase and obscure any identifying marks on these chosen canvases, creating images akin to abandoned billboards.

BIO:

Toru Otani was born in 1988 in Kanagawa, Japan. In 2015, he received a MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan. He received a BFA from the same institution in 2013.

Solo exhibitions of Otani’s work include: spctrum at Imlabor in Tokyo, Japan; planet at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; and Casablanca at Kodama Gallery in Kyoto, Japan.

Group exhibitions that have shown Otani’s work include: Busy Work at Home at Nonaka-Hill in Los Angeles, California; Speculation⇄Real at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Chain Reaction at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Use at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Mud, Tokyo and swimming at Park Tower Hall Gallery1 in Tokyo, Japan; Landscape Space at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; and After Appropriation at Kodama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

Otani lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.