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.




2006Wimbledon College of Art, BA(Hons) Fine Art : Painting 卒業
1983Born in Okayama ken, Japan
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