JAPANESE ARTIST GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
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.
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.
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.
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