Meet Yoshi Sodeoka Star of Digital Art


WordsSolenn Cordroc'h

Everyone from the worlds biggest brands to musicians such as Tame Impala and Beck have been inspired by his work. His digital artworks are part of the permanent collections at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Yoshi Sodeoka is undoubtedly one of the major names of the digital art movement. The Japanese, New-York based artist’s work is instantly recognisable. His images tend towards glitchy movements with abstract, surrealist forms. The opposite of high definition, sterile images common in the photography world. His neo-psychedelic style may be an acquired taste, but it is undoubtably unique, playing with images, contorting them and adorning them with a lo-fi aesthetic allowing for another take on digital art.

Plenty of reasons then to sit down with Yoshi Sodeoka for an interview.

How did you discover that you could make art using computers?
I’m not sure if there was any definite moment like that. I was making drawing and animating using computers without really thinking about whether I’m making art or not. I think it was just a natural progression.

What role do the glitches play in your work?
I’ve always been drawn to errors and mistakes in anything. I feel uncomfortable making artworks that look perfect. There’s something about the look produced by errors that is fascinating to me.

Do you promote the beauty of imperfection and mistakes through the glitch art as a means of opposing the high gloss of images nowadays?
Yeah, something like that. I’m not sure if I feel totally completely comfortable with the term ‘glitch art’. I just see interesting colours and shapes in the look of digital errors. I just incorporate that into my artworks as elements. I don’t have any philosophical or political motives regarding so-called ‘glitches’.

Would you describe your work as psychedelic?
I personally don’t. But other people tend to call it that. And I have no issue with it.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Pretty much anything that I see. News, nature, music, books, the whole nine yards.

What are your upcoming projects?
I have a solo show planned in Brooklyn in 2020 summer. I haven’t really figured out what to show for that. So, I have to get on it pretty soon!