Light Art Festival "Ascents "
Dates: September 17 – October 9, 2016
Central Opening: Friday September 16, 7:30 pm
Individual Opening: Saturday September 17
Light: Fixtures and Sculptures
Light: Fixtures and Sculptures featuring objects by Bill Albertini, Doug Johnston, Hitoshi Kuriyama, John Procario and Takashi Kunitani, which opens on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-8 pm and will be on view until April 24, 2016.
Dates: February 25 – April 24, 2016
Opening: Tuesday March 1, 6-8 pm
Location: LMAKbooks+design: 298 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 – 2nd floor
Contact: Louky Keijsers Koning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-255-9707
Bill Albertini takes a sculptor’s fascination with the transformation of different organic forms and a debt to mid-20th century Conceptualist experiments with serialization, and marries these to an industrial designer’s passion for technique. This confluence of influences brings you a series of 3-D printed lamps in diverse shapes and sizes.
Doug Johnston created a series of light objects and sculptures in a variety of forms and sizes, made from cotton and white nylon cord that is coiled and stitched with an industrial sewing machine. The process is a tool to explore the nature of specific objects that have held special fascination for the artist. Many of the objects referenced have conveyed a sense of agency or empowerment, and the artist has learned about how humans have shaped the world around them into objects, buildings, landscapes, spaces and networks.
Hitoshi Kuriyama explores in his work the idea of “existence” and “non-existence” with his original hypothesis of “0=1.” It comes from the idea that complete nothingness can’t be proven. By juxtaposing seemingly conflicting ideas of “existence” and “non-existence” he prompts the viewer to rediscover awareness of this world from new perspectives. In “∴ 0=1 –Polaris (BC100000-AD100000)” from 2015, which is created from neon light, it seems that the star has its fixed position, but looking in the enormous amount of time, it is slightly moving. In this case, the concept of “static” and “dynamic” can convey the same idea.
John Procario’s lighting started with the idea that wood is a metaphor for the body. Wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like bone or muscle, wood has its limit. Procario tries to push that limit to create a sense of strain in the wood’s gesture. Conceptually, he tries to allow beauty to be the product of strain. Precariousness, harmony, balance, stress, and fluidity are some of the words he uses to describe his aesthetic. His unique sculptural luminaires are made of bent wood. He does not use forms to bend and control the shape. Instead, he likes to allow this idea of letting the wood do as it pleases to create a collaboration between the craftsman and the wood’s personality.
Takashi Kunitani is intrigued by the world that surrounds us and how people react to it. He is interested in people’s diverse points of view and how these relate to presence, the body, space, time and objects. Kunitani places a neon sign “Upskirt” downward on a glass plate. In this situation the meaning and interpretation of the words have changed and it becomes an object in itself.
My installation work is up on this book.
Graffiti made from cake icing, man-made clouds floating indoors, a luminous moon resting on water. Collected here are dozens of jaw-dropping artworks—site-specific installations, extraordinary sculptures, and groundbreaking interventions in public spaces—that reveal the exciting things that happen when contemporary artists play with the idea of place. Unexpected Art showcases the wonderfully experimental work of more than 50 innovative artists from around the world in galleries of their most astonishing artworks. An unusual package with three different-colored page edges complements the art inside and makes this tour of the world's most mind-blowing artwork a beautiful and thoughtprovoking gift for anyone interested in the next cool thing.
DIALOGUES ～Doublesｘ3 Series of International Exhibitions～
Jan. 16th 2015 - Mar. 14th 2015
NICA: Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts
500JPY for passport
Jan. 17th (Sat) 16:00-18:00（with after drink）
Cross talk：Hitoshi Kriyama (artist) ｘ Charlotte McGowan Griffin (artist) ｘ Emiko Kato (curator)
special guest：Kentaro Ichihara (art critic)
Noriko Kato (independent dance artist)
ON THIS PLANET
2014.8.23 sat. - 9.14 sun.
Open 12:00-19:00 / Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Opening Reception: August 23 sat. 18:00-
Rotational movement of the Earth, water circulation system, atmospheric pressure, and
amino acid composing creatures, just to name a few.
We don’t think about their existence or origin because they are here with us so naturally.
But, without leaving this planet the Earth, I believe I can have the viewers recognize
things in a new way by capturing the phenomena on the Earth in an extraterrestrial, or a
macro, perspective, and then presenting it to them.
Exploring the mechanism of the unlimited universe is like counting the number of stars,
but I hope I can change the viewers’ perception of the universe if only a little
Hitoshi Kuriyama was born in 1979 in Hyogo, Japan. He earned a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo
University of the Arts (2011). In his works, he explores equivalency in conflicting ideas such as
“existence” and “non-existence” or “creation” and “destruction,” and demonstrates them from a scientific
perspective. He has theorized the hypothesis “0=1” and attempts to prove it through his works. He
has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide such as “data and vision” Aki gallery (Taipei), “0,1,
and visions” Venice Project (Venice), “GLASSTRESS 2011” collateral event of the 54th Venice Biennale
(Venice), “Drifting Images” BODA (Seoul), and ”What Dwells Inside” S12 Galleri og Verksted (Bergen).
Cover Work: ∴ 0＝1 -air pressure、ガラス、真空、大気圧、φ200(mm)、2013年
*Held at the same time：
phenomenon and preservation
SUNDAY 2014.8.8-9.7 11:30〜23:00（L.O.22:00） closed on Wednesday
Opening Reception: Aug 8th 19:00-22:30（1drink 2000JPY）
2-7-12 Ikejiri Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001
What Dwells Inside
2013.8.30 - 2013.10.6
Welcome to the opening reception of the exhibition "What Dwells Inside" with the Japanese artists Yasumasa Morimura, Hitoshi Kuriyama and teamLab 30.08.13 at 07:00 pm!
The exhibition is curated by Bjørn Inge Follevaag and Bergljot Jonsdottir, and produced in close cooperation with IKKAN ART, Singapore and Venice Projects & Glasstress, Italy. This is the second project in which S12 cooperates with Glasstress.
“What Dwells Inside” is based on three traditional artistic expressions; performance, woodblock print and installation. It is extremely fascinating to see how these artists digitally manipulate their material to create new art in the form of contemporary digital expressions somewhere between the entertainment industry and the news media.
Morimura re-enacts Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” in a poetic video performance; Kuriyama lights up an imaginary universe with his installations of fluorescent tubes and teamLab address our lack of reverence for nature in a digital animation of a disintegrating classical 19th century “Ukiyo-E” woodblock print, revealing a futuristic machine underneath.
Yasumasa Morimura is a world famous Japanese appropriation artist who borrows images from historical artists (ranging from Edouard Manet to Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman), and then inserts his own face and body into them.
Hitoshi Kuriyama creates elaborate light installations using complex clusters of shattered fluorescent light bulbs. With Kuriyama, fluorescent lights and LEDs become life forces that animate the darkness of the universe with an irregular, unpredictable rhythm.
teamLab is an ultra-technologists group made up of information specialists including programmers, mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers, artists, and editors. teamLab create highly advanced digital animations by blurring the boundaries between each person’s respective fields of expertise. Their inventive approach to the art field has broadened the perception of what digital art may be.
This exhibition shows still another side of the S12’s Gallery profile as a venue for experimental work profiling artists from all over the world who utilize glass in its many and diverse forms.
What Dwells Inside is the first cooperative project between S12 and curator Bjørn Inge Follevaag, who has a long history of working with Asian art, and who was part of the team that won the Art Critics’ Award for Real Life Stories/Skin Flesh and Bone in 2012