Artist StatementI create small pencil and watercolor drawings. Japanese school girls, salary men, spacemen and strange animals inhabit my compositions. I place my figures on the white ground of my paper in a kind of visual isolation. Living in Japan for four years was a huge inspiration for my work. Influences from Japanese popular culture such as anime, manga, and retro science fiction can be see in my drawings. Japanese street graphics, architecture, and fashion can also be seen in my work. Even the mundane aspects of life in Japan, like seeing a weird guy standing on the train or the way a school girl squats at a crosswalk, can become inspiration for a drawing. In addition to the imagery of my drawings the aesthetic qualities are an important part of the content. Like Japanese prints I want the drawings to have a flatness that is a part of the visual vocabulary of my work. A school girl shoots an Octopus with a ray gun in the piece, “Unarmed and Unagitated.” A dotted blue line connects the ray gun and the edge of the Octopus and then bursts out into a series of circles in a geometric pattern. By using a simple line to create the focal point of the drawing the image takes on a graphic quality. Two school girls whisper to each other in the drawing, “Not Human, Not a God, Not a Buddha.” Many of my drawings, like this image, have an illustrative quality that implies a narrative. But I want there to be an obscurity to that narrative which will ignite the viewers imagination.
Sidney Pink (born 1979) received his BFA in 2001 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. After graduating from MICA Pink worked at Theatre Project in Baltimore and then Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. Pink also served as the Curator of the John Fonda Gallery from 2001 through 2004. From 2004 through 2008 Pink worked and lived in Japan. While in Japan he exhibited at the Design Festa Gallery and had a solo exhibition at The Pink Cow in Tokyo. Pink was nominated for a Jury Prize at Takashi Murakami’s art festival, Geisai Museum 2. In a review of Pink’s work Japanzine magazine described Pink as, “one of Japan's most inspirational gaijin [foreign] artists.” Pink now lives and works in Maryland.