Art Uncovered

Premiere DateNov 4, 2014
00:00 Thomas Intro
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01:35 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 1
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05:19 Dressed in Black Teengenerate
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08:04 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 2
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11:32 Sad Sad Kiddie The Pillows
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15:24 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 3
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17:41 Yo Yo - Pylon
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21:53 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 4
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24:46 I'm With You The Ponys
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27:19 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 5
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30:55 My Kimono Polvo
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33:07 Hiro Kurata Interview pt. 6
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35:42 Silently Blonde Redhead
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38:24 Finish
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Cold Summer Painting

Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurata paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve around a single character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes that he calls the Slugger. His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him baseball was important not so much as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.

I met with Hiro at his studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn, to talk about his paintings, the influence of Manga comics on his work, and his feelings about baseball.

Portrait of a Slugger

Error of a slugger, 53×60

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Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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