STUDIO 45

STUDIO 45

RUSH THE FIELD

RUSH THE FIELD

Experience Color Rush, a celebration of New York City’s most acclaimed artist and home football teams at the opening of the 16-17 NFL season.

 

Experience Color Rush, a celebration of New York City’s most acclaimed artist and home football teams at the opening of the 16-17 NFL season.

 

MEGURU YAMAGUCHI

MEGURU YAMAGUCHI

Meguru Yamaguchi refers to what he does as “cut and paste”. This distinctively unruly, vivid works of art made by the Tokyo raised and Brooklyn transplant have catapulted him to the forefront of the New York art scene. With a free spirited approach, Yamaguchi’s work can be found anywhere from canvas and neighborhood murals to skateboards and streetwear, creating today’s top collaborations from the established art realm to the next raw and uncut subculture. We sat with the artist to ask about his current artwork for Color Rush.

Meguru Yamaguchi refers to what he does as “cut and paste”. This distinctively unruly, vivid works of art made by the Tokyo raised and Brooklyn transplant have catapulted him to the forefront of the New York art scene. With a free spirited approach, Yamaguchi’s work can be found anywhere from canvas and neighborhood murals to skateboards and streetwear, creating today’s top collaborations from the established art realm to the next raw and uncut subculture. We sat with the artist to ask about his current artwork for Color Rush.

What's your favorite team and why?
My favorite team is the New York Jets. Since I'm an artist and I naturally look at my surroundings through the lens of art, this team attracted me from its colors. The sonic green has such an subtle but yet strong presence. The color blends in well on turf in my opinion.

 

 

What's the best part of football from a fan and as an artist? 

As a fan, I like the intensity that builds up on each play, the game, and the season. Every play is vital to score. One touchdown is crucial to win the match. And each and single game is very important and can affect the teams season on proceed to the playoffs. As an artist, I love the color clashing against each other, creating a movement of vivid colors in a massive stadium. Then additional effects such as rain and snow creates even more of a an epic visual.

What's your favorite team and why?
My favorite team is the New York Jets. Since I'm an artist and I naturally look at my surroundings through the lens of art, this team attracted me from its colors. The sonic green has such an subtle but yet strong presence. The color blends in well on turf in my opinion.

 

 

What's the best part of football from a fan and as an artist? 

As a fan, I like the intensity that builds up on each play, the game, and the season. Every play is vital to score. One touchdown is crucial to win the match. And each and single game is very important and can affect the teams season on proceed to the playoffs. As an artist, I love the color clashing against each other, creating a movement of vivid colors in a massive stadium. Then additional effects such as rain and snow creates even more of a an epic visual.

Talk to us about your approach to this work and how you incorporated your style to the parameters of sport and Color Rush.

I used the color based on the ny jet team's “sonic green” for my art work. It’s not fun to just cover the works with the same color so I mainly used black, white and silver for its surface and applied the green color on the side which looks like it shows up from the surface.

 

 

How long did it take you to complete this work?
I worked every single day for 1 month. I’m very satisfied with the final look.

 

 

Where do you see your place in New York culture?

In the past I was working at my place in Brooklyn, NYC, but since I moved my studio to Andrew Freedman home in Bronx, I’ve been inspired by its community. I grew up in Tokyo and had been inspired by the street culture since I was a kid, so I feel comfortable with Bronx community where the hip-hop culture was originally born. I believe hip-hop music is like a collage and the Tokyo street culture is also like a collage where diverse cultures influence each other. I also make a collage by applying an individual brushstroke on canvas so the community fits to my style. 

Talk to us about your approach to this work and how you incorporated your style to the parameters of sport and Color Rush.

I used the color based on the ny jet team's “sonic green” for my art work. It’s not fun to just cover the works with the same color so I mainly used black, white and silver for its surface and applied the green color on the side which looks like it shows up from the surface.

 

 

How long did it take you to complete this work?
I worked every single day for 1 month. I’m very satisfied with the final look.

 

 

Where do you see your place in New York culture?

In the past I was working at my place in Brooklyn, NYC, but since I moved my studio to Andrew Freedman home in Bronx, I’ve been inspired by its community. I grew up in Tokyo and had been inspired by the street culture since I was a kid, so I feel comfortable with Bronx community where the hip-hop culture was originally born. I believe hip-hop music is like a collage and the Tokyo street culture is also like a collage where diverse cultures influence each other. I also make a collage by applying an individual brushstroke on canvas so the community fits to my style.