YIRI ARTS 伊日藝術計劃

Hirako Yuichi 平子雄一

Yuichi Hirako, born in 1982 in Okayama Prefecture and now working primarily in Tokyo, has been producing art for which themes include the uncertainty and questions raised by coexistence between humans and the natural world. He intentionally portrays a vague representation of the boundaries between the internal (human society) and the external (the natural world), such as a human with a plant head or the inside of a room filled with overgrowing plants. A situation in which people and man-made objects coexist at the same level with nature could be a utopian world or a chaotic one.

We have various relationships with plants. We live together with house plants indoors, or we longingly re- create quasi-forests in gardens or parks. Some of our ancestors also gave special meaning to them. In my country, Japan, even plants have been given a God-like symbol of worship called “Shinboku.” Although plants live so close to us and share our living space with us, we might not be as conscious of their presence compared to other living beings that coexist with us. We do not share a bed with plants, nor do we directly communicate with them as we might do with other living beings. Despite their close presence, there is a clear boundary between humans and plants in the physical world.

The forests have been identified as both a place of sacredness and a habitat for devils. They have been viewed as uncivilized, barbaric objects of hate in Christianity and as holy sanctuaries among Animists in my country Japan, although such associations might not be as prevalent today. Nevertheless, these associations have something to do with the supernatural, something that transcends our human understanding.

If the plants are the children of the forests, they might really be the incarnations and more easily accessible versions of spirits, the Divine, or the Devil. Since plants are so unconsciously part of our daily life in our modern society, I see a lot of instances where the relationship between the plants and us humans is very ambiguous. The ambiguity stirs up my imaginations and imageries of various rich contexts between the human beings and the plants, and it inspires my works a great deal.

頭部為樹叢,下半身穿著各式衣類,似人非人似怪非怪的小樹人,正是平子雄一作品中的主要角色,而相伴在小樹人身旁的是黑貓白貓或是其他動物,背景則環繞著不同品種的樹叢花草,色彩繽紛的森林畫面讓人看得目不轉睛,待仔細細看後又能沉醉於畫面中的氛圍。藝術家就像是自然童話的守護者,在他畫筆下的大自然、森林樹木、花朵種子、動物昆蟲、人類樹人,共組成一個個富含故事性的畫面,吸引我們走入通往森林自然的道路,開始反思人類、植物、大自然三者之間的相處模式。

平子雄一「植物系列」作品的出發點,始於他在英國留學時的生活經驗,在倫敦當地十分盛行人造庭園的風氣,從公園、博物館、美術館、住家陽台等皆有著經由人工精心整治過的綠地植栽。平子有感於當地都市人對於這些「人造自然環境」的喜愛,與自己出生成長於佈滿林木和山丘「天然自然環境」的日本岡山縣相比,他將這兩個現象融合於作品中,繁盛茂密的樹叢葉片、張狂彎曲的樹幹枝節、五顏六色的花朵線條,充分展現天然自然環境的全貌,而點綴其中的則是精緻的人工造物,如書本、花瓶、盆栽、樂器、木船等物件,畫面像是森林的自然景色細看則又如人工庭院般的造景。平子將「天然」與「人工」兩個元素融於作品內,藉此重新檢視現代都市人與植物關係之間的模糊地帶。

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CV
2006Wimbledon College of Art, BA(Hons) Fine Art : Painting 卒業
1983Born in Okayama ken, Japan
 
Honor
2014Wooden Works hpgrp Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014The Bark of Mind Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014The VOCA Encouragement Prize,VOCA(Vision of Contemporary Art) ,Japan
2013The VOCA Encouragement Prize,VOCA(Vision of Contemporary Art) ,Japan
2011Outstanding Performance Award,D Art, Biennale, Japan
2011Finalist Nominated, Arts Challenge 2011, Japan
2010Finalist Nominated, The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010, Japan
2010Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize, Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010, Japan
2009Finalist Nominated, Shell Art Award 2009, Japan
Solo Exhibition
2018WAITINGROOM, Tokyo, Japan
2018Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017SPROUT, Galleri Christoffer Egelund , Copenhagen ,Denmark
2017Greening, Waiting Room, Tokyo ,Japan
2016Our way to the Forest, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, USA
2016Phantom Forest, YIRI ARTS Pier-2 Space ,Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015Bark Feeder, Dai-ichi Life Gallery ,Tokyo, Japan
2015Grafted Tree, Waiting Room ,Tokyo ,Japan
2014Wooden Works, hpgrp Gallery ,Tokyo ,Japan
2014The Bark of Mind, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen ,Denmark
2013The Leaf Scar ,Waiting Room, Tokyo, Japan
2013The Thick Forest, The Drawing Room Singapore, Singapore
Group Exhibition
2017SUMMERTIME 17, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017New Works ,The Drawing Room, Manila, Philippines
2017Après Toronto, Laroche/Joncas, Montréal, Canada
2016Après Toronto, Laroche/Joncas, Montréal, Canada
2016SUMMERTIME 16,Galleri Christoffer Egelund,Copenhagen,Denmark
2016HOPE- Charity Exhibition, YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan
Public Collections
 The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Japan
 Akzonovel Art Foundation, The Netherlands
 Jean Pigozzi Collection, Switzerland
 The VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands