B. 1983, Japan
Yuichi Saito’s frenzied scrawling of Japanese TV show titles is a kind of avant-garde calligraphy. Saito suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, and writing out words helps him focus. The artist participates in Kobo Syu, a creative studio for adults with developmental disability in Saitama Prefecture. Since 2002, when he began making work, Saito showed a singular interest in making written works, unlike the many participants at the studio who prefer to work in paint. Saito writes the titles of his favorite TV shows: Pocket Monster, Doraemon, Stray Cops (a Japanese version of Miami Vice), TV Champion and so on, methodically creating each piece on the specific day that the TV show is aired. While the drawings are rooted in the artist’s interests, they have recently reached a point of visual abstraction that illustrates a greater level of intensity. More recently, he has indulged in stroking a single alphabet of “mo”, whose repetitions display his emotional states.
Saito's work has been shown widely in and outside of Japan, including at the Mito Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art (Shiga), Halle Saint Pierre (Paris), the Museum of Everything (London), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, la maison rouge (Paris), DOX Center for Contemporary Art (Prague), and MONA: The Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania). His work is included in the collection abcd / Bruno Decharme (Paris) and the Museum of Everything (London).