Yuichi Hirako

  
 

Yuichi Hirako

b. 1982 Japan



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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.


Human have various relationships with plants. People lives together with house plants indoors, or re- create quasi-forests in gardens or parks. Some of ancestors also gave special meaning to them in Japan, even plants have been given a God-like symbol of worship called “Shinboku”. 



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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.


Human have various relationships with plants. People lives together with house plants indoors, or re- create quasi-forests in gardens or parks. Some of ancestors also gave special meaning to them in Japan, even plants have been given a God-like symbol of worship called “Shinboku”. Although plants live so close and share the  living space with human, people can’t directly communicate with them as 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 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 artist’s imageries of various rich contexts and curious the interact in different situation between the human beings and the plants. Such changes stimulate the artist's rich imagination, at the same time become the source of artist's creation. 

CV

2020
  • GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung,  Gin Huang Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
2019
  • Memories, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dandelion, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2018
  • Leftover, Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • BLOOM, YIRI Arts Taipei Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Seeding, YIRI Arts Taichung Space, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project N 71, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (MUSEUM), Tokyo, Japan
  • Dazzling Leaves, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2017
  • SPROUT Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Greening, Waiting Room, Tokyo, Japan
2016
  • Haze, Satellite, Okayama, Japan
  • Our way to the Forest, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, USA
  • Phantom Forest, YIRI ARTS Pier-2 Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015
  • Bark Feeder, Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Grafted Tree, Waiting Room, Tokyo, Japan
2014
  • Wooden Works, hpgrp Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Bark of Mind, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013
  • The Luminous Plant, Satellite, Okayama, Japan
  • The Forest City, YIRI ARTS Fujin Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • The Thick Forest, The Drawing Room Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
  • The Leaf Scar, Waiting Room, Tokyo, Japan
2012
  • The Wooden Clapper, The Drawing Room, Manila, The Philippines
  • Selected Forest, Satellite, Okayama, Japan
  • Advanced Plants, WALL/H.P.FRANCE, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Green Pieces, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Memories of My Garden: Hidden Forest, INAX Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Memories of My Garden: Yadorigi, Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sleeping in the Pine Forest, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011
  • YUICHI HIRAKO, Satellite, Okayama, Japan
  • Memories of My Garden: Song, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo Wonder Wall Tochou, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo, Japan
2010
  • Yuichi Hirako : Memories of My Garden, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED WORKS

Green Master 61

2020
116.7 x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Green Master 61

2020
116.7 x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Lost in Thought 54

2020
116.7 x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Lost in Thought 54

2020
116.7 x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Compost 43

2019
H41 x D14 x W17 cm
Ceramic and oil paint
Compost 43

2019
H41 x D14 x W17 cm
Ceramic and oil paint
Compost 46

2019
H41 x D14 x W17 cm
Ceramic
Compost 46

2019
H41 x D14 x W17 cm
Ceramic
Compost 85

2019
H40 x D14 x W16 cm
Ceramic and lacquer
Compost 85

2019
H40 x D14 x W16 cm
Ceramic and lacquer
Compost 46

2019
H39 x D14 x W16 cm
Ceramic and lacquer
Compost 46

2019
H39 x D14 x W16 cm
Ceramic and lacquer

PRESS

Green Master 61

2020
116.7 x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas
PRESS|Yuichi Hirako critics article-The Tree Boy/ A Flâneur of Human-Nature Relationships
yuichi hirako press pics
PRESS|美術手帖 2019.12
Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance : 22 Apr 2016
VIDEO|Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance : 22 Apr 2016
Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance :19th Jul 2013
VIDEO|Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance :19th Jul 2013
Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance :3rd Sep 2011
VIDEO|Yuichi Hirako Sound Performance :3rd Sep 2011

EXHIBITION

GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung
It’s an honor to announce GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung will having a grand opening on January 18, 2020! The first exhibition will show multiple international contemporary artists, including Japanese artist Yuichi Hirako, British artist George Morton-Clark, Taiwanese artists Lu Ying-Chang, and Chang Teng-Yuan. In the meantime, the heartening notice is our venue import an amazing piece "The Other Lanny" already collected by an abroad collector before our opening. The artwork was created by departed genius artist, Joyce Pensato. There are more wonderful works that will be displayed, the opportunity not to be missed.
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