spring show: Yoshinori NIWA, Naoya HIRATA

2022.05.17 – 06.11
Opening hour: 12.00-18.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, National holiday

We are pleased to announce the 2 artists show of Yoshinori NIWA (b.1982) based in Vienna, and Naoya HIRATA (b.1991).

Many of Niwa Yoshinori’s works take the form of social interventions spanning diverse media, including performance, film, installations, and projects that progress during the exhibition. The clearly stated titles of works are slogan-like and self-explanatory, and in most cases, the entire process of carrying out unproductive and meaningless actions in public spaces is documented on film. By exposing various disturbances generated in the course of putting the work’s title into practice, the artist has revealed the boundaries and limitations of the “public” concept in numerous projects in Japan and abroad. In 2016 Niwa moved his base of operations to the Austrian capital of Vienna, and has been focusing on the social functions of visual media.

Dealing with the themes of space, time, and physicality, Naoya Hirata employs preexisting 3D models and images, which he has collected from the Internet, and using an assemblage method, he presents actual projections of sculptural works that were constructed in virtual computer spaces. By manifesting other realities, which are part of a new order, through virtual images, Hirata examines the relationship between real things by creating different versions of a plausible world while at the time offering contemporary interpretations of sculpture history.

Hirata quickly moves back and forth between the real and the virtual, enabling us to enjoy the myriad qualities of each state. The projected works are marked by disparate features: some are photographs, others are three-dimensional sculptures made with a 3D printer, and still others are images. These sculptural works, which dwell in a virtual space, are projected in the real world.

Satoko Oe Contemporary