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Yuichi HIRAKO Solo Exhibition, Greening
9/16 (Sat.) - 10/15 (Sun.), 2017
Opening Reception : 9/16 (Sat.) 6-9pm

*We are open on Wednesday to Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-6pm during the exhibition.
*Opening reception is from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, September 16th, and the artists will be present.
*We are open from 12pm on the opening day before the reception.

Tokyo, Japan - WAITINGROOM is pleased to announce Yuichi HIRAKO Solo Exhibition "Greening" from September 16th to October 15th, 2017 and it will be the third time to present the artist’s solo exhibition at our gallery. HIRAKO is an artist who mainly creates painting, but also works with many different mediums including drawing, sculpture, installation as well as sound performance, in the theme of coexistence between human and nature as well as the questions to their relationship. In this exhibition, he set the theme “Greening” which is the title of the exhibition and selected three keywords “YAMAONNA, Repose of Souls, System” for the new series. It is the artist’s new challenge to compose the exhibition with only sculptures and installation work even if his main medium is painting. In the past series, he was creating his works to research about the relationship between human and plants, city and nature, in the history, religion, fable and modern society. At this time, however, he focuses more on the relationship between human and plants in our daily living in the society, especially, home center, production green space, planters, park, flower arrangement, succulents and so on, to add more private perspective. The main piece in the exhibition is the installation work with several layers of different scenes and objects which used to exist in his painting but become more sculptural this time. Other exhibiting works are all brand new sculptures or semi-three-dimensional works as well.

About the Artist
Yuichi HIRAKO is born in Okayama in 1982, currently living and working in Tokyo. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art (England), Fine Art, Painting Major in 2006. In addition to Japan, he has been showing internationally in Copenhagen, Singapore, Taiwan, Rotterdam, San Francisco and many others. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition "Our way to the Forest" (2016, Fouladi Project, San Francisco), solo exhibition "Grafted Tree" (2015, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), solo exhibition “The Bark of Mind” (2014, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen), solo exhibition “Memories of My Garden : Hidden Forest” (2012, INAX Gallery, Tokyo). HIRAKO has been receiving many awards for the past couple of years, including “Shell Art Award 2009” (Finalist Nominated), “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010” (Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize), and “VOCA (Vision of Contemporary Art) 2013” (The VOCA Encouragement Prize).

More about the exhibition is coming soon...

Left : Solo Exhibition "Bark Feeder", 2015, installation view, Venue: Daiichi Seimei Gallery (Tokyo)
Right : Wooden 2, 2015, mixed media, size variable

Yuichi HIRAKO

1982 Born in Okayama, Japan
Currently lives and works in Tokyo.

EDUCATION

2006 B.F.A., Wimbledon College of Art, BA(Hons) Fine Art : Painting

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Our Way to the Forest, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco
Phantom Forest, YIRI ARTS Pier-2 Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2015
Bark Feeder, The Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo
Grafted Tree, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo

2014
Wooden Works, hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO, Tokyo
The Bark of Mind, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013
The Luminous Plant, Satellite, Okayama
The Forest City, Sonnentor Fujin Arts Space, Taipei
The Thick Forest, The Drawing Room, Singapore
The Leaf Scar, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo

2012
The Wooden Clapper, The Drawing Room, Manila, Philippines
Selected Forest, Satellite, Okayama
Advanced Plants, WALL/H.P.FRANCE, Tokyo
The Green Pieces, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo
Memories of My Garden : Hidden Forest, INAX GALLERY, Tokyo
Memories of My Garden : Mistletoe, Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage, Tokyo
SLEEPING IN THE PINE FOREST, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011
Yuichi HIRAKO Art Works, Satellite, Okayama
Memories of My Garden : Song, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
Tokyo Wonder Wall 2011 at Tocho, Skywalk Exhibition Space at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo

2010
Yuichi HIRAKO : Memories of My Garden, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo

Left : Lost in Thought 24, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 727 x 910 mm
Right : Day by Day 1, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 1000 x 803 mm

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Time Spent With The World , The Drawing Room, Manila, Philippines
Sightings, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal, Canada

2016
Happily ever after, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
SUMMERTIME 16,
Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015
Inaugural Show, The Drawing Room, Manila
XMAS’15, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Egg of Shibuya, Shibuya City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
KASAI NO HITO, YIRI ARTS Pier-2 Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
SUMMERTIME 15, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
HEISEI WAVE 2.0, YIRI ARTS Fujin Space, Taipei, Taiwan
Behind the painted smile, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, The Netherlamds
Eternal lines, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam
Collections, Gallery in The Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2014
Salon Zerp, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam
XMAS’14, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
SUMMER GROUP SHOW - FROM NOW ON -, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo
SUMMERTIME 14, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
11th INUJIMA JIKAN, INUJIMA, Okayama, Japan
Collector's EYE, Kashiwa Public Gallery, Chiba, Japan
Collections, Gallery in The Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art Now:Memories of Body, Nagi Museum Of Contemporary, Okayama, Japan

2013
XMAS’13, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Now:Memories of Body, Takahashi Historial Museum, Okayama, Japan
Art Now:Memories of Body, Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza, Okayama, Japan
Considering the Source, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco
SUMMERTIME 13, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Snack JIKKA, JIKKA, Tokyo
GENESIS, Sonnentor Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
PSYCHOTROPICS, The Drawing Room Singapore, Singapore
VOCA Prize 2013, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
Tokyo Painting II -Mindscape between interior and exterior-, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
HOTCHPOTCH, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012
XMAS’12, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
SUMMERTIME 12, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Back to Nature, Fuma Contemporary Tokyo / Bunkyo Art, Tokyo
Mr, I Prize, Okayama Tenjinyama Plaza, Okayama

2011
XMAS ’11, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
D Art Biennale Art Award 2011, Y++ Gallery Triwizart, Beijing, China
D Art Biennale, Daitec, Aichi
Arts Challenge 2011, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
Regenerate Part.1, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo

2010
The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

2009
Amuse Art Jam 09, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
Shell Art Award 2009, Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo
TOKYO WONDER SEEDS 2009, Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

2008
GEISAI 11, Tokyo Big Site, Tokyo, Japan

2006
Amuse Art Jam 06, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
Stepsiblings, Temporary Contemporary, London, UK

2005
Cocktail, Nolia’s Gallery, London, UK
Free Range, G3 Gallery, London, UK
05Degree show, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

Left : Solo Exhibition "Our way to the Forest", 2016, installation view, Venue: Fouladi Project (San Francisco)
Right : Solo Exhibition "Grafted Tree", 2015, installation view, Venue: WAITINGROOM (Tokyo)

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

2013
Hold the Leaf Apex, B.A.S Window, Okayama, Japan (supported by Fukutake Education and Culture Foundation)

2012-2013
Permanent Exhibition, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS

2013 VOCA (Vision of Contemporary Art), The VOCA Encouragement Prize
2011 D Art Biennale, Outstanding Performance Award
2011 Arts Challenge 2011, Finalist Nominated
2010 The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010, Finalist Nominated
2010 Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010, Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize
2009 Shell Art Award 2009, Finalist Nominated

ARTICLES

“Mountain Day – encounter Art of the mountain”, Art Collectors, NO., September 2016, p41, Seikatsu no Tomosha
“Yuichi HIRAKO solo exhibition, The Leaf Scar”, Bijutsu Techo No.987, Jun.2013, ARTNAVI p.7, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha
“Yuichi HIRAKO solo exhibition, The Leaf Scar”, Bijutsu Techo No.985, Jun.2013, ARTNAVI p.7, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Japan
Akzonovel Art Foundation, The Netherlands


ARTIST WEBSITE
http://yuichihirako.com/

Left : Solo Exhibition "The Bark of Mind", 2014, installation view, Venue: Galleri Christoffer Egelund (Copenhagen)
Right : Solo Exhibition "The Thick Forest", 2013, installation view, Venue: The Drawing Room (Singapore)

 

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<Exhibition Overview>
Artist : Yuichi HIRAKO
Duration: 9/16 (Sat.) - 10/15 (Sun.), 2017

Opening Reception: 9/16 (Sat.) 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat. 12-7pm, Sun. 12-6pm
Closed: Mon., Tue., and National Holidays
Venue: WAITINGROOM
Address: Shibuya Hyacca Bldg. 3F 4B&4D, 2-8-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel/ Fax: +81-3-3476-1010

Inquiry: info@waitingroom.jp (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)

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