artist statement

   Kohei Sasahara is an artist who specializes in installation work. At the start of every project, he collects data such as interviews to get a comprehensive picture of his surroundings and establishes internal and external connections. Sasahara does not adhere to any one particular medium using various methods in his process. On the other hand, his works explore a common theme of “”people’s lives”” by which he strives to connect it not only in the context of fine art but also comprehensive fields such as anthropology, architecture etc.


   In his early artistic career, he focused on clearly comparing between “the exhibition room and its surroundings”, and between “the art work and the wall its installed to”. For example <Home and Away>(2007, Tokyo University of Arts, Ibaraki, JP) and <Ambilocus>(2014, Do a Front, Yamaguchi, JP). In addition to the aforementioned data collecting process, these installations were a culmination of “daily life tasks” anyone could accomplish, such as cleaning, moving house or painting a wall. These simple tasks led to highly minimalistic conceptual visuals, which were then refined into completely abstract expressions. Furthermore, it is important to state that these cases of his early work were not based on a concrete order by an art gallery or museum, but were created by the artist in the process of producing and curating whole art exhibitions from start to finish. In other words, he found a way to make art installations from the general production process, which includes tasks such as creating the exhibition concept, founding an organization, designing advertisements, publishing the documentation catalogues, creating exhibition spaces etc.

   As a result, he curated the exhibition <Spontaneous Beauty – An Exhibition without Artist – >(2017, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto , JP) which is a compilation of the techniques he had to acquire for continuing to exhibit the artistic installations. Sasahara did not invite any artists to this prominent exhibition and he was involved solely in the role of a curator to literally realize an “exhibition without an artist”, just as the title suggests. The aim of this project was to use the special medium that is an exhibition to view the “city of Kyoto” as part of a bigger society from a new spontaneous perspective and at the same time to re-examine the concept of curation, exhibition practices and authorship.

   Furthermore, he makes installations involving food, clothes or rooftops in a more direct approach to his ongoing motif of “people`s lives”. For example <Open Scale>(2008), <Shake, Lights, Bay, Beach.>(2012). Especially these roof series works are based on the notion that “the essence of a community is not as one giant roof, but rather as layers of multiple small roofs overlapping each other”. Sasahara`s most recent roof themed installation project <Sunny> was acquired by a public collection in France. Finally, judging from his most recent participation in the exhibition series <Kodomo no Kuni> (2018, Centre d’art de l`Onde, Velizy-Villacoublay / 2019, FRAC Grand Large-Hauts-de-France ), it is fair to say that Sasahara`s future artistic endeavours look promising.

 


 

Curriculum Vitae

Kohei SASAHARA

Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1984


[Education]

2009 Department of Inter Media Art, Tokyo University of Arts.


[Exhibition]

2019 “Kodomo no Kuni – Replay”, FRAC Grand Large – Hauts-de-France, Dunkirk, FR
2018 “Préludes de Debussy”, Renaiss Hall, Okayama, JP
2018 “Kodomo no Kuni – Enfance et aires de jeuc au Japon”, Micro onde, Centre d’art de l’Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay, FR
2017 “Spontaneous Beauty”, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JP
2016 “P.I.V.O. 03”, Urbanhouse, Bratislava, SK
2015 “Rokko Meets Art 2015”, Rokkosan, Kobe, JP
2014 “Epiphany Garden”, Do a Front, Yamaguchi, JP
2013 “The Raven Next Door”, Public School 1, Kamakura, JP
2012 “P.I.V.O. 02”, Gallery Horka, Olomouc, CZ
2012 “P.I.V.O. 01”, Nova Rubia Studio, Brno, CZ
2012 “Architales”, Do a Front, Yamaguchi, JP
2012 “Imaginotion”, The Dentsu Entrance Hall, Tokyo, JP
2012 “Be quiet ! So that your true voice can be heard.”, Manna, Kamakura, JP
2011 “MTV Beach Party”, Beach House Quick Silver, Kamakura, JP
2011 “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, Public School 1, Kamakura, JP
2011 “Renewal Ceremony of Public Space”, Kawasaki Station, Kawasaki, JP
2010 “Design to change the World Exhibition”, Midtowm Design HUB, Tokyo, JP
2009 “Atelier Route”, Foundation Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL
2008 “City Scapers by the Throat”, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK
2007 “Market Party”, Foundation Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL
2007 “On the Turn”, hiromiyoshii, Tokyo, JP
2007 “viewing room vol.04”, Daiwa Press, Hiroshima, JP
2007 “Project the Projectors 2007”, Tokyo University of Arts, Ibaraki, JP


[Prize and Grants]

2016 Curator Draft, JP
2012 Nomura Foundation Grant, JP
2008 City Scapers Grant, UK
2007 Kawamata Prize, JP

 

 


経歴

笹原晃平(ささはら・こうへい)

1984年 東京都出身/大阪府在住


[学歴]

2009年 東京藝術大学美術学部先端芸術表現科 卒業


[展覧会歴]

2019年 “Kodomo no Kuni – Replay”, FRAC グラン・ラルジュ・オー=ド=フランス, ダンケルク, フランス
2018年 “ドビュッシー ピアノのための前奏曲集より”, ルネスホール, 岡山
2018年 “Kodomo no Kuni – 日本における子供時代と遊び場”, オンド芸術センター ミクロ・オンド, ヴェリジ・ヴィラクブレ, フランス
2017年 “スポンテイニアス・ビューティー”, 京都芸術センター, 京都
2016年 “P.I.V.O. 03”, アーバンハウス, ブラティスラバ, スロバキア
2015年 “六甲ミーツアート”, 六甲山カンツリーハウス, 兵庫
2014年 “エピファニーガーデン”, Do a Front, 山口
2013年 “鴉のいる隣室”, 鎌倉市立第一小学校, 神奈川
2012年 “P.I.V.O. 02”, ギャラリーホルカ, オロモウツ, チェコ
2012年 “P.I.V.O. 01”, ノヴァルビアスタジオ, ブルノ, チェコ
2012年 “アーキテイルズ”, Do a Front, 山口
2012年 “想像力の海”, 株式会社電通本社エントランスホール, 東京
2012年 “黙って!あなたの声が聞こえるように”, マンナ, 神奈川
2011年 “MTV Beach Party”, 海の家クイックシルバー, 神奈川
2011年 “夏の夜の夢”, 鎌倉市立第一小学校, 神奈川
2011年 “記念式典”, 川崎駅, 神奈川
2010年 “世界を変えるデザイン展”, ミッドタウンデザインハブ, 東京
2009年 “Atelier Route”,カウスアウストラリス, ロッテルダム, オランダ
2008年 “City Scapers by the Throat”, エジンバラ大学, エジンバラ, スコットランド
2007年 “Market Party”, カウスアウストラリス, ロッテルダム, オランダ
2007年 “On the Turn”, ヒロミヨシイ, 東京
2007年 “viewing room vol.04”, 大和ラヂヱーターファクトリー, 広島
2007年 “Project the Projectors 2007”, 東京芸術大学, 茨城


[受賞歴]

2016年 キュレータードラフト
2012年 野村財団芸術助成
2008年 City Scapers Grant
2007年 川俣正賞

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