Artist-in-Residence - Hiraki Sawa

April 2012 - July 2012

Hiraki Sawa, Sleeping Machine [II]
Hiraki Sawa, Sleeping Machine [II], 2011 Single channel black and white video work, on wooden box © The artist / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery New York / Shanghai.

Hiraki Sawa was born in Ishikawa, Japan in 1977 and currently lives in London, England. He received his master’s degree in sculpture in 2003 from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London. In April 2012, Sawa opened a solo exhibition "Lineament" at the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and also exhibited his work Going Places, Sitting Down in the exhibition Magic/Art at the Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Japan.   Currently his work is included in the exhibition Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.  Recent solo exhibitions also include shows at James Cohan Gallery, New York, and Ota Fine Arts Gallery, Tokyo. In the past his work has also been exhibited at LIFT Contemporary, Cherokee, NC; Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK; Placentia Arte, Piacenza, Italy; Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; and Evo Gallery, New Mexico.  In 2004 his video work Dwelling could be seen on a large monitor in Times Square, New York, presented by Creative Time.

While at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Hiraki Sawa will be developing research towards new video works, using the resources and collections at the gallery.  He will also be participating in a public talk as part of Contact Festival of Photography 2012 entitled Artists in Conversation: Max Dean and Hiraki Sawa

Photo of Hiraki Sawa, Tracking [From O]
Hiraki Sawa, Tracking [From O], 2011. HD video transferred to Blu-ray disc. © The artist / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery New York / Shanghai.

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