Hiraki Sawa (Tokyo)

Hiraki Sawa (Tokyo)

souvenir iii by hiraki sawa

Hiraki Sawa

Souvenir III, 2012

o by hiraki sawa

Hiraki Sawa

O, 2009

Wednesday, February 12, 2014Friday, April 25, 2014

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Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa was born in Kanazawa in 1977. After graduating from high school, he moved to the UK and in 2002 he made an impressive debut with a single channel work, “dwelling” which displayed numerous model airplanes flying around the room. In recent years, towards his ‘mid-career’, he has held extensive solo exhibitions at Dundee Arts Centre, Scotland and at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Linking to these exhibitions, Ota Fine Arts displays Sawa’s work “O” (2009) in a different version. In 2009, “O” was exhibited in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane and was acquired in the gallery’s permanent collection. Sawa spent a month in Australia to shoot the natural landscape which appears in the work.

Over ten years of his career, Sawa has been interested in the concepts of time and motion, travel and mobility, displacement and dislocation. Having lived in London and Japan over many years, the concepts of travel and mobility became a very familiar issue for his work. For example, his earlier works often showed indoor scenes as ‘inside of the house’, and as a contrast, impressions of the moon, trees and nature scenes as ‘outside of the house’. Hiraki Sawa transformed these boundaries into the journey between actual and imagined worlds. He says, ‘“O” brings together domestic objects spinning endlessly; the vast expanse of a desert landscape; the distant fields of the moon’s surface; the empty interiors of a house long abandoned, a home not waiting for its absent owner’s return but simply left alone to be…’

In association with our current show, Hiraki Sawa’s solo exhibition at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery presents his latest work “Envelop” (2014) and “Lenticular” (2013) which was filmed in Scotland and projected onto a dome-shaped screen. This show will be until Sun. 30 March, 2014.