Lock & Key
Lock & Key explores the common themes in both artists’ worlds and elucidates broader concerns around creative health, work, fantasy and dark obsession via collaborative installation elements.
Ito’s paintings present a near perfect world, a designed vision of utopian promise rings, keys to success and magical road trips. Though his refined symbolic vernacular alludes to pure bliss and a what-could-be romanticism, his sculptures hint at something more sinister. The good life is not easily won. A grittier Stasis reinforces this yearning for more beautiful inner worlds with a variety of drawn vocabularies and music. Through animation, tragicomic illustration and painstaking rendering, the artist employs additional methodologies for expressing a shared preoccupation with romance and beauty, however unrealistic. For Ito and Stasis, these works convey a tension between the pragmatic and the divine. Both artists seek to recast Western notions of the traditional work ethic into self-actualization through their practices.