I growing up in a residential area near Tokyo, my childhood memory originates from the landscape of urban development and rapid changes. As the years pass by, the nature changed to anonymous, homogeneous scenery. It seemed the scenery there once remained like invisible afterimages in the void left behind. The memory of projecting my fantasies onto those voids without getting tired of them has become the basis of my work.
The void that was once projected with imagination is both visible and invisible, and gradually I came to believe that the events existing in this world are composed of both visible and invisible elements. In particular, in visual arts, I have become convinced that the “invisible” elements are a significant source for expanding imagination.
In the first place, the world is made of countless invisible elements. It covers a vast area and is connected to more contemporary issues. For example, elementary particles, radiation, electromagnetic waves, all those scientifically studied discoveries. Time and space those which come out of conceptual ideas or consciousness. It is also the unrepresentable forces that make up history, institutions, and social structures. However, the perception of “invisibility” is not easy to aware in the modern times. Because it is buried under the countless “visible” information that is endlessly uploaded. Therefore, I would like to evoke the relationship between the various “invisibles” surrounding this world and individuals, society, and time, and bring them to the surface as visual art.
Since “Rope” (a series of sculptures that mechanically rotating jump rope kept creating margins) in 1997, I have been exhibiting works that expand the viewer’s imagination by creating “invisible” void.
Since 2000, I have been exhibiting site-specific works that incorporate the invisible elements of specific places, such as forests, oceans, rivers, bridges, and swimming pools.
Furthermore, I have identified specific locations both domestically and internationally, and conducted research on the intangible elements present there (history, events, past lifestyles, and cultures) in order to develop a series of photo sculptures through my unique approach. These works aim to merge the temporality inherent in sculpture and photography, bringing forth invisibilities (such as time, memory, and history) through various techniques and attempting to connect with new images and interpretations.
In recent years, I have been working on a new series of artworks titled “Now and Things.”
It is a series of sculptures (installations) where everyday landscape images and ready-made objects like figurines and chairs gradually vanish, and the process of their disappearance becomes connected to the emergence of new entities on a single timeline. Returning to the origin, I work with analog sculptural approaches such as carving in the creation process here.
These endeavors were inspired by the Zen phrase “Soku Kon,” which seek to make visible invisible nature of time itself. which means that there is no eternity other than the ever-changing time. Eternity means the absolute “now“.
What does one see when confronting multiple times in an instant through ready-made objects? For example, one time is the beginning of art and religion, the development of science and technology, recurring wars, further environmental destruction, and what kind of world will be superimposed in the future?
With this project I would like to explore the embodiment of “invisibility” from a new perspective.
I want to manifest a narrative where the insignificant aspects of daily life and objects reveal the “SokKon” of their past and future, offering an overarching view of art history and civilization while connecting with new perspectives and interpretations.
1967 Born in Tokyo Japan
1990 Graduated Department of Design at Tama Art University (BA)
1990~ 1992 Department of Sculpture at Tama Art University research student
2019 Fellow of Overseas Study Program for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan / Berlin, Germany
[Grant, Awards received]
2019 Grant / Fellow of Overseas Study Program for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan 2019 – GlogauAIR/ Berlin, Germany
2015 The First prize of Seiko University public art competition – Seiko University/ Tainan city, Taiwan
2011 The First prize of Ilan University public art competition – Ilan University/ Ilan city, Taiwan
2000 The First prize of Echigotsumari Art Triennial 2000 implementation competition
(Tsunan town) – Echigotsumari/ Niigata
[Artist in Residence]
2019 International Residency Program /MAMMA Project/ Sejong Art Center/ Sejong, Korea
2019 International Residency Program / GlogauAIR/ Berlin, Germany / Fellow of Overseas Study Program for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan 2019
2018 International Residency Program / Srishti Interm / Bangalore, India / Fellow of Japan Foundation
2012 International Residency Program – FLYOVER / YOKOHAMA MANILA / 98B Collaboratory, Philippines/ Manila, Philippines / Fellow of Pola Art Foundation, Japan Foundation
2023 Now and Things – eitoeiko / Tokyo
2021 I saw a landscape – bononkyoto +KYOTOGRAPHIE KG+ / Kyoto
2020 I saw a landscape – void+/ Tokyo
2019 Landscape of Erosion – GlogauAIR Showcase/ Berlin, Germany
2018 Portrait of erosion – Rangoll Metro Art Center/ Bangalore, India
2015 Unnamed Country – TRAUMARIS/SPACE/ Tokyo
2010 breeze / Window – Yokohama government office/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2009 “And the rivers flow” – Kogane-cho Area Management center/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2007 breeze/4 flags – Gallery Caption/ Gifu
2006 breeze/statement – Gallery Caption/ Gifu
2005 horizon – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
2004 around – La Galerie Des NAKAMURA/ Tokyo
2003 Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo 2003 – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
2001 window installation – Desperado/ Tokyo
Chattering – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
1999 Pass – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
1998 There – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
1997 Rope – Gallery Gen/ Tokyo
1996 Pin – Gallery Gen, ZA MOKA FOUNDATION/ Tokyo
1993 Diary – Yokohama Galleria/ Kanagawa
[Selected Group Exhibition]
2022 Extreme Cold Art Festival 2022- Teshikaga-cho, Hokkaido
2021 Cherry Blossom Party – eitoeiko / Tokyo
Extreme Cold Art Festival 2021- Teshikaga-cho/ Hokkaido
2020 Seeing through the Invisible – Tennozu Central Tower Art Hall/ Tokyo
Extreme Cold Art Festival 2020- Teshikaga-cho/ Hokkaido
2019 Chennai Photo Biennale- Chennai, India
Extreme Cold Art Festival 2019- Teshikaga-cho/ Hokkaido
2018 Teshikaga Gokkan Art Festival – Teshikaga-cho/ Hokkaido
2017 Air Real – Kawaguchi Civic Art Gallery Ateria / Saitama
Young Art Nagaoka – Nagaoka/ Niigata
2016 Teshikaga Gokkan Art Festival – Teshikaga-cho/ Hokkaido
2014 Echigo-tsumari Snow Art Festival – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
2013 Setouchi Triennial 2013/ Kagawa, Okayama
2012 Echigo-tsumari Art Triennial 2012 – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
2011 AOBA+ART / Yokohama, Kanagawa
Kogane-cho Bazaar 2011/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2010 Echigo-tsumari Snow Art Festival – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
2009 Echigo-tsumari Art Triennial 2009 – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
SUITO Osaka 2009/ Osaka
TAMAVIVANT09 – Tama Art University/ Tokyo
2008 AOBA+ART/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
Kogane-cho Bazaar/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2007 Happy Hours – Zaim underground/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2006 Echigo-tsumari Art Triennial 2006 – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
2004 A MUSE LAND 2004 – Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art/ Hokkaido
2003 Echigo-tsumari Art Triennial 2003 – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
2001 Aoba Triennial 2001 – Aoba-ku/ Yokohama, Kanagawa
2000 Echigo-tsumari Art Triennial 2000 – Echigo-tsumari/ Niigata
1999 Japan Art Scholarship – Spiral hall/ Tokyo
1996 Molphe `96 – Aoyama city/ Tokyo
1995 Miyazawa Kenji Kaigakan – Mitsukoshi Museum/ Tokyo
1992 Encountering the others – Kassel, Hann-Munden, Germany