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Framework  (2020)

The series of Framework was awarded

The winner of Hopper Prize 2020.

will be published in FOA vol.13, Hardcover book of contemporary art.

 Framework is the sculpture and installation that is structured with photography and three frames.The raw material of Framework is the reinterpretation of "Shakkei" – the Japanese garden philosophy –. The frame which is settled in the photography, the frame which settles photography in, and the frame with nothing. The meaning of the perspective the audience sees at that moment fluctuate due to the relationship between these three types of frames and the viewpoint of the audience.There is a solid design philosophy in Japanese garden called Shakkei. It enhances both the garden and particular scenery together with conflict by using artificial divider or cutout rather than the emphasis of continuity between them. People get a view of natural and unnatural peculiar designed space, calm and dynamic from the specific viewpoint at the same time shift Japanese garden was space for seeing and a rite to space where is for appreciation and meditation. In Framework, viewers see the particular cutout photograph through the empty white frame. It is not completed yet with these two elements. The installation changes their background depending on the location and position at the site. It forms a conflict structure between an object and a unique background. Framework gets closer to completion by forming each conflict structure with the object, frame, background and space. However, the relations of conflict structures are continuously being destructed by the viewpoint and the surrounding environment. The background turns into artwork. Inside turns outside. And vice versa.The installation keeps asking viewers their perception on account of produce a dynamic transition of perspective although it's a very calm object. When it comes to the photographs, each photograph is cutout with a particular perspective.The images raises a question. Keeping sitting down on the comfortable spot even if the front of the thing needed change. What does it bring you that the conflict between the oneway perspective and various ways of seeing in front of you?So much information, so many opinions, so many things to think about in this complex society.Is it a dead-end or in production? The series looks the same form but it leads you to each different interpretation with correspondence of object and environment. The planet and society in which we currently live have faced the phase of shifting the way of living. Framework generates a different point of view by continuously destructing their usual sight and perspective. We cannot look at something in a new direction while we see normal as normal. Framework is the invitation to question your everyday life. ––––––––––––– Framework #1, #2, #3, #42020150x 150x 200 cmCertified Art Giclée on Fine Art Baryta, Wooden framePhoto : Atsushi Yukutake


    lines (2018 –2019)

lines  (2018 –2019)

The series of lines was awarded

Hopper Prize 2020 the winner, US.

Photography Award 2020 March selection by the Wall Gallery, Venice.

2019 Art of Photography, Honorable mention

featured in British contemporary art magazine MURZE issue ten

featured in American contemporary art magazine Thought Art Magazine inaugural issue

 The series of lines explores the composition of organic and artificial lines in the square frame, invokes the circumstances we have to face. The fact in the square frame exists only at that time. lines consists of many kinds of lines that are well balanced together, geometric questioning, saturate lines by a combination of multiple lines or making one form together with. One of the most influenced artists for me is Friedensreich Hundertwasser. I was shocked by his architecture design when I saw his work Maishima Incineration Plant, Osaka as an architecture student. The organic lines he made blew my mind in seconds, and it is based on his certain philosophy " there is none of the perfectly straight or geometrical lines without mankind." So Hundertwasser who spent so much of life in the greens followed his surrounding environment in his creation. It is impossible to live without touching the man-made elements in this society, and also it is the life of human-being with pros and cons. lines explores the lines of organic and mankind at the same time in the square frame taken by polaroid SX-70 and 600. The composition I cutout is simple but sometimes complex as our life. For example, the shadow which is made by sunlight and building, how do you define it? It seems none of the straightforward answers.The photographs are just around our everyday life, but it shows the things we seem to ignore – or perhaps we do not recognise. ––––––––––––– lines #L, #N, #S, #E, #V, #P, #K2017 - 201961 x 61 cmPolaroid photography, Fine art print on Aluminium


    5x5 (2015)

5x5 (2015)

5x5 is a three-dimensional performing sculpture which consists of plastic boxes, soil, wood battery, water, ores, seeds, cotton, corn, tobacco, tomato, apple, brick, moss, ivy, cactus, fertilizer, tablet, acorn, weed, match, light bulb, bone, solar panel. The body of work is the table of interpretation of the tangled relationship between nature, mankind, and environment. The most left side column shows the definition of nature with my perspective. The top row shows the definition of humankind with my perspective.  Everything else is the crossing point of each columns and rows. The interpretation and perspective every single person has are different. Or it is shifting time by time. This is what I looking at the moment of 2015. ––––––––––––– 5x5201560 x 12x 40 cmMetal, Wood, Plants, Corn, Battery, Plastic, Resin, Bone, Lightbulb, Apple, Tomato, Moss, Galena, Stone, Match, Water


    Growing room (2016)

Growing room (2016)

The project is a walk-through installation. It combines, as a primary element, LED lights, motion sensors, plants, and plant pots hung upside down from the ceiling as another ceiling layer. Motion sensor LED lights illuminate a track when/where visitors enter and walk around the room.

 

There is a quite complex structure of the relationship between our life and the natural world. To fnd out the boundaries of nature, environment and human activities might be diffcult. This project has the hint of consideration and would ask people the point of view. It infuences the space and human as one of the results. Each factor doesn’t stand individually but gets tangled up.

 

What is it expected next? The light would not reach all the plants. The area people often walk gets a lot of light. On the other hand, another area may not get enough light to grow up. The disproportion which is lead by the audience will change the face of the room. It means that the grown plants have the potential to be a partition from the top, then the new space will be created in the room.

    TRANSIT (2015)

TRANSIT (2015)

When I thought of the structure of our relationship between nature and human at that time, history was how to manipulate, control

or adopt nature by human-activities. But one of my conclusion at that time was that we live in nature rather than live with nature after

experienced the biggest disaster in Japan 2011. TRANSIT is the three dimensional living installation work. The 60 white roses are changing

their colors slowly by IV drip during installation. IV drip is a necessary tool to get under control patient condition in the medical sector.

It helps our life better in many cases. The audience would encounter natural, organic, environmental, or controlled flowers with iconic

materials rose and IV kit. The body of work keeps fluctuating all the time by connected to IV kits and the audience can change the pace

of drip. The final day of the installation says a lot, because of the structure of the work is imitated the relationship between nature and

mankind. Viewers face various situation which can be controlled next moment during the transition.

 ––––––––––––– TRANSIT2015220 x 100 x 180 cmWhite roses, IV kits, Food colourings, water, Floral foams

    Lemon I, II, III, IV

Lemon I, II, III, IV  (2021)

Lemon I, II, III, IV is a performance sculpture work, consist of a fresh lemon, a crafted lemon, a photo of lemon, and a video of lemon. There are two pedestals for physical lemons. The lemons on the pedestal are randomly switched with a crafted lemon, decayed or moldy lemon during the exhibition. It is not easy to define a thing with the information provided in overflowing information society. The lemon you are facing is a lemon, but the crafted lemon, photographed lemon and filmed lemon are also lemons, or not. Visual information makes you confuse. What is lemon? ––––––––––––– Lemon I, II, III, IV2021Multiple sizes ( 6×10 cm, 6×10 cm, 41×58 cm, 36×61 cm )lemon, resin, plaster, framed photograph, digital screen Production support : NihonbijutsuPhoto : Atsushi Yukutake


FOLDS

PROJECT BRIEF 

This project is going to be shown at  Inside: Out  hosted by Print & Play, Museum Boijmans.

FOLDS is a photographic sculpture. The final work of photographies is folded twice or more times after printing. It looks like a two dimensional photography at a glance, but viewers find it to be a three dimensional work while changing the viewpoint. FOLDS is a sculpture made of photography, rather than a photography artwork.

 

In many cases, A4 copy paper finishes their role when the information has been told. A4 papers are folded and bent, then carried and moved to trash. The main role of folding includes making size down, and settle the information. The process of folding is the ritual to go through the end of the role. In FOLDS, it generates new information - meaning and interpretation - by using the process.

FOLDS brings subtle incongruous feeling to our normal perspective by folding daily landscapes only a little.

Unnatural in natural, natural in unnatural.” This is the biggest theme of FOLDS.  It hooks the ordinary perspective of the viewer by the contradiction I make with folding lines.

FOLDS is a simply folded photograph. However, our everyday life and the way of seeing can change (or be changed) by tiny triggers. The folding lines which intervene in the ordinary eyesight encourage viewers to reconsider their perspectives.


    BLANK

BLANK

PROJECT BRIEF

The project has been suported by fonds Kwadraat, Amsterdam.

BLANK is a series of photographic installations. It consists of wall hanging 4 photographies which are combined with color-changing neon lightboxes in the middle.

The work will explore how our perspectives are affected by their environment.

The neon lights serve as a metaphor for the ever-changing environment of our life. It can change what viewers see in photographs depending on where they are and when they are.

I reinterpreted the Japanese garden philosophy "Shakkei" which let us overlook a particular angle of scenery from a designed point of view as a space for contemplation. BLANK will let us overlook the particular photography of landscape from a color-changing environment.

My research question is what we are actually facing now; questioning yesterday's normal. While everyone is forced to change our way of living, my body of work encourages viewers to reconsider their perspectives.


    DEW SCULPTURE

DEW SCULPTURE(2018 – on going)

PROJECT BRIEF

The project Dew sculpture is a walk-through sculpture/ installation. It combines, as a primary element, harvesting water structures, glass pots, oil, and audience. The pyramid structure collects moisture from the air. The dew which is transformed from moisture by the structure system drops into the oil.

The context of this idea is based on what humans have done so far. We have transformed many of natural materials into something let our life convenient. But not a small number of transformations has reflected the negative result on the planet in the past few decades.

I would like to transform the human body which is made of  60-70% of water into art as a material for transformation in this project. The amount of the water that the pyramid can generate is quite depending on the environment of the space. It will generate more water when the room is filled with a larger number of people or people give off their heat, sweat, and insensible perspiration. Extracted water will drip into the oil from the pyramid.

As water is slightly heavier than oil, water dew goes down to the bottom very slowly and be stored in the oil which is our good and bad friend. Eventually, the work will be getting near completion through the presentation.

The major aim of this project is that raising the question of the future human practice and relationship between nature, us  and environment which is heading to protect or restore nature with an artificial way of approach, not means willing to figure out solutions and certain results. Exploring these three stages and the boundaries, and creating space entangled with them, my biggest motivation for this project is to generate questions and discussions in people’s inner mind.

In order to achieve the project, I plan to build the pyramid structure with the system can extract water from the air. At the same time, The biggest technical challenge of this project is that generate water by collecting and extracting humidities from the air with the device above glass pots.