Photograph of food items including corn

Nobutaka Aozaki, Grocery Portraits #3 (Dekalb Ave & Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, Queens, NY), (2019). Archival Pigment Print and Found Shopping List. 15.5 x 23.25 in. Photo by Tom Starkweather.

Nobutaka Aozaki’s playful multifaceted practice focuses on the transactional nature of both art and life in the city. His work frequently combines performance and sculpture, developing from everyday interactions with people on the street. He collects inspiration from his travels throughout the city, gathering lost and abandoned items found on the streets, sidewalks, and subways. Aozaki records these interactions and objects, bringing these experiences back into the studio, where he studies, documents, assembles, and edits the collected materials, allowing a visual form to emerge. By appropriating collective, participatory, anthropological approaches, he aims to make art through discovery, serendipity, and the collective imprinting of people and the communities.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.