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Shinji Ohmaki

The Color of Space

BY Ashley Rawlings

SHINJI OHMAKIECHOS - INFINITIY, 2005, pigments, felt, nonflammable cloth, fluorescent lights, acrylic cases, dimensions variable. Photo by Ryoji Watabe. Courtesy Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo.

Among the somber wooden houses of Kita-Senju, a slow-paced, old-world neighborhood of Tokyo, the interior of Shinji Ohmaki’s studio is a microcosm of the vibrant colors found on the neon-saturated streets of central Tokyo. Despite his increasingly high-profile success in Japan and abroad and the allure of the high-flying life that comes with it, Ohmaki seems entirely at home…

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