Japanese artist Hirotoshi Iwasaki draws time with video – picture feast


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Time, space and memory are explored in a solo exhibition of works created in 2011 by thirty-year-old Japanese artist Hirotoshi Iwasaki. The artist combines drawing and animation to create flip book-like artworks and video installations.

Work by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Iwasaki was exhibited in a solo exhibition entitled "Invisible Time" at Gallery Terra Tokyo, June to July 2011. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Work by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Iwasaki was exhibited in a solo exhibition entitled "Invisible Time" at Gallery Terra Tokyo, June to July 2011. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

The exhibition, called “Invisible Time” and held at Gallery Terra Tokyo from 23 June to 25 July 2011, shows works in which time is the focus: “the time in our memory, the time in a mirror, the time at the bottom of a well”. Monitors displaying Iwasaki’s animation works are mounted in the centre of large drawings made with charcoal and pencil and elsewhere on the walls of the gallery, and his kinetic “mutoscopes” are presented on individual pedestals at chest height.

Click here to visit the website of Japanese new media artist Hirotoshi Iwasaki and click here to read more about the exhibition, “Invisible Time”, held at Gallery Terra Tokyo (PDF download).

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Bottom', 2011, mixed media, 95 x 95 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Bottom', 2011, mixed media, 95 x 95 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Book', 2011, video installation, 5 second loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Book', 2011, video installation, 5 second loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Leaf P' and 'Leaf N', 2011 (both works), mixed media, 95 x 120 cm (both works). Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Leaf P' (left) and 'Leaf N' (right), 2011, digital photo frame, charcoal, pencil, paper, animation - 4m:24s loop, 95 x 120 cm each. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Leaf P' (detail), 2011, digital photo frame, charcoal, pencil, paper, animation - 4m:24s loop, 95 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Leaf P' (detail), 2011, digital photo frame, charcoal, pencil, paper, animation - 4m:24s loop, 95 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Installation view of Hirotoshi Iwasaki's 'Mutoscope' works. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Installation view of Hirotoshi Iwasaki's 'Mutoscope' works. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Mutoscope (Bottom)', 2011, charcoal, pencil, paper, iron, 40 x 25.5 x 45 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Mutoscope (Bottom)', 2011, charcoal, pencil, paper, iron, 40 x 25.5 x 45 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Horse', 2011, video installation, 0:47s loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'Horse', 2011, video installation, 0:47s loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'invisible time', 2011, digital photo frame, mirror, animation - 0:02s loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Hirotoshi Iwasaki, 'invisible time', 2011, digital photo frame, mirror, animation - 0:02s loop, 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Image courtesy Gallery Terra Tokyo.

Gallery Terra Tokyo took work by Iwasaki to ART HK 11 and the artist was profiled briefly in a Wall Street Journal video report of the fair. He says that he ”uses animation and drawings to represent invisible things like space, art, memory,” and he describes the difficulties faced by video artists in attracting the attention of collectors. “It’s hard because I do video art so I don’t always get to show this type of work at fairs or reach as many collectors,” he says. “There’s less money for us.”

Watch the video below or on the website of The Wall Street Journal. Hirotoshi Iwasaki is interviewed from 0m:59s.

 

About Hirotoshi Iwasaki

Born in 1981 in Ibaraki, Japan, Iwasaki graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music in 2008 with an MA in Intermedia Art. In 2011 his films screened at festivals such as Tension vs. Mediation (Canada), the 22nd Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey), the Monstra Festival (Portugal) and TOKYO ANIMA! (Japan). Since 2009 he has held three solo exhibitions, all at Gallery Terra Tokyo and his work toured to France, Russia and Italy in 2011 as part of the group show JAPANCONGO. He has had work collected by ARTER Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, and in 2010 he won the Grand Prize in Tokyo’s Image Forum Festival.

KN

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