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Visual Art, Sculpture, Exhibition

Shohei Katayama: Proximity

Five Manhattan West

September 20, 2021 - November 12, 2021

A young girl looking at Shohei Katayama's artwork, Proximity.

On view September 20 - November 19, 2021 

Curated by Common Ground Arts

Known for his work which explores the connection between nature, technology, and the scientific forces that shape human experiences and interactions, artist Shohei Katayama’s multimedia installation, Proximity, embraces principles of order and chaos. Arranged carefully in the lobby of 5 Manhattan West in a geometrical pattern that creates a larger system, each mechanical unit with attached solar panels develops its own individuality through the dynamic interplay between position, and levels of sunlight, artificial light, and shadows. Using visual phenomena as an allegory for the cyclical nature of life, light, and routines, the work creates a meditative and contemplative space through its movement and sound.


Shohei Katayama is a Japanese-American artist who utilizes his art as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work includes line drawings, sculpture and conceptual installation art, and aims to examine the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology.

Katayama received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. He is the inaugural recipient of the MTV:REDEFINE award, received the Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center, the Frank-Ratchye Fund for the Art at the Frontier Award, and a finalist in the 21C Artadia award, among others. His work has been exhibited nationally, and internationally at the Palazzo Mora,Venice, Italy; Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City; Littman Gallery, Portland, OR; and more. Katayama has participated in the Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program; the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway; the Labverde Amazon Residency in Manaus, Brazil; the International Sculpture Center Residency at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ; Tough Art Residency Program, Pittsburgh, PA; and at the Asia Institute Crane House, Louisville, KY. Learn more at shoheikatayama.com.

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450 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001-2603

Lobby of 5 Manhattan West

Date & Time

September 20, 2021 - November 12, 2021