A new exhibition by Haroshi opened on Saturday 10th September and is currently on view at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in New York. 'DIVE INTO THE PIT' will be on view until October 29th, 2022.
Comprised of entirely new works, DIVE IN TO THE PIT at Jeffrey Deitch invites the viewer into the world of the skater and underground artist Haroshi. The exhibition title evokes the energy felt from diving into a mosh pit at a punk show and riding over the waves. DIVE IN TO THE PIT invites the viewer to stand at the edge and drop into the “mosh pit of the skateboarding world.”
Haroshi’s Mosh Pit series, displayed in the front and main galleries, are paintings made of repurposed skateboard decks. These works are imbued with the combined influences of street and punk cultures while paying homage to Pop art. With a composition that recalls Jackson Pollock’s all-over paintings, Haroshi’s Mosh Pit series explores a new way to make an Action painting—giving a sense of the body in motion. The works illustrate the way skateboarders use their bodies while skating. Each scratch on the deck is like a paint stroke on a painting, imprinted onto the surface by the skater’s movement. For Haroshi, the scratches and stickers on each broken deck represent the passion of their riders.
In the storefront gallery, the GUZO sculptures further exemplify Haroshi’s simultaneous devotion to both skating and artmaking. In the artist’s own words, “GUZO are god-like figures that express a profound respect for the self-sacrificing spirit of skateboards themselves that have supported endeavors of skateboarders.” By creating his works from preowned skateboards collected from friends, skate shops, and the global skate community, the artist pays tribute to the collective experience of skaters’ lives.
Based in Toyko, Haroshi (b. 1978, Tokyo, Japan) has created paintings and sculptures from discarded skate decks since 2003 with the aid of his wife. His works have been shown internationally in Tokyo, London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, among other cities. Haroshi continues to receive recognition as an artist who embodies the depths of contemporary street culture through successful collaborations with major brands such as HUF and Nike. Haroshi’s work was featured prominently in Tokyo Pop Underground at Jeffrey Deitch’s New York and Los Angeles galleries in 2019. DIVE IN TO THE PIT is presented in collaboration with NANZUKA.