Art Uncovered - Hiro Kurata

Premiere DateMay 15, 2012
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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Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurta paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve mostly around one character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes. Hiro calls him “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 not important  as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.

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

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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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