Eastway Gourmet 2

Neil Hamamoto

Neil Hamamoto (b. 1993) is a conceptual artist making works in sculpture, painting, photography and installation. He is best known for his idiosyncratic sculptures most commonly created from wood, metal and other prefabricated objects. His most recent works and projects recontextualize commercially manufactured objects to invoke the feeling of newness. By reviving the identity of outdated objects, Hamamoto's work offers a glimpse of the future present through a nostalgic lens and questions the worth of innovation.

Before pursuing sculpture as a full time career, Neil graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Product Design and worked in the wood and metal shops for Jeff Koons. In addition to practicing as an artist, Neil operates his not-for-profit artist studio called worthless studios.

  • 2018
  • Signed and stamped from artist's studio
  • “The Bodega Paintings” was a conceptual art installation in downtown Manhattan that transformed bodegas into temporary art galleries for my mixed media paintings. The works feature multicolored price stickers applied to plywood in organic layers, a nod to the ubiquitous price stickers that mark bodega inventory. From April 7th to May 7th, the bodega paintings were on display in windows, behind deli counters and in refrigerators. For the duration of the installation, bodega owners momentarily take on the role of gallerist.
  • Participating bodegas included: M&M Market Deli - 529 Broome St. Fresh Food Market Deli - 386 Canal St. Spring Mart -202 Mott St. East Way Gourmet -169 3rd Ave Stop 1 Deli - 122 Suffolk St.

Sculpture, price stickers on wood panel, 12" x 36"

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