View In Room
View In Room
Archival Pigment Print, PrintPaper : Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl,
Edition of 5
Dimensions: 39.8cm(H) x 53.0cm(W) / 15.7"(H) x 20.9"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
El Condor Pasa
When I was a child, the time spent with my grandmother was full of affection.
As I did not have a father, my mother had to work hard and always came home late at night.
That is why the time spent with my grandmother was the longest in my childhood.
My grandmother often listened to the music of Simon & Garfunkel while making handicrafts.
Most of all, our favorite was "El Condor Pasa".
One day, my mother sent me a box full of mementos, foods and cans from my hometown.
One of them was a cassette tape that had not been used for ages.
The title said "Simon & Garfunkel El Condor Pasa".
The moment I saw that, my mind flew back to the time with my grandmother.
As a child, a condor was an imaginary creature that I had never seen nor heard of.
I was just told by my grandmother that a condor is a huge bird which flies up so high in the sky.
Gazing at the food and the cans that were sent to me, I came up with a story of the imaginary creature "Condor".
The imaginary creature "Condor" is covered with a red scarf. He has a head, feather and a tail, all made of metal. The legs made with numerous fishes look a little grotesque but they have massive stability. He easily skips over the rocky place of figs that has a sheer cliff, the king of crab which wears a crown, and the partially completed condors with no heads. Finally the invincible bird reaches the warmhearted place with full of love where my grandmother exists.
By expressing this story as the artwork, the imaginary creature “Condor” guides my mind towards my grandmother in Heaven and lets me time travel.
In other words, this artwork reminds me of the affectionate connection between my grandmother and myself and is the proof that my grandmother still lives on in my heart.
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Lives and Works: Tokyo
Shinya Masuda was born 1965 in Nagoya, Japan. He currently lives in Tokyo.
A French chef turned photographer.
After graduating from Nagano Art and Design School, majoring in Visual Communication Design, he worked as a commercial photographer at photography department of design production company.
He then met Mr. HASHI, the Action Still Life photographer in New York, and studied under him for a year and half at HASHI STUDIO TOKYO.
He now works as an artist.
In 2013, after winning an award at art competition in London, he has begun working internationally.
In 2018, he participated at World Photo Festival in Italy and Contemporary Photography Biennale in Paris for the first time.
In 2019, with support from The Center for Fine Art Photography, his first solo show in United States will open in October.
2017 “Hanafuda Shouzoku” Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza,Tokyo
2016 “Katsuko” Artemis Art Gallery, Publika,Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards Exhibition)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Portfolio ShowCase Volume 12,The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins,USA
2019 Portfolio 2019,Atlanta Photography Group (APG)
2018 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards Exhibition,Klompching Gallery,Brooklyn,NY
2017 LensCulture Winter Exhibition,Klompching Gallery,Brooklyn,NY
2017 Sony World Photography Awards ,Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza,Tokyo
2017 8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition,The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins,USA
2017 The Fence,Brooklyn,Boston,Atlanta,Houston,Santa Fe,Durham,Denver,and Calgary,USA and CANADA
2017 Sony World Photography Awards 2017,Somerset House,London,UK
2016 FAUX Exhibition,The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins,USA
Awards & Honors
2019 Portfolio ShowCase12 (ShowCase Solo Exhibition Award Winner)
2018 Critical Mass Top 50 (Top 50)
2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards (Winner)
2017 Sony World Photography Awards (Professional Group Still Life Category 2nd Place)
2017 8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition (Director's Honorable Mention)
2017 The Seventh Annual Exposure Photography Award (Winner)
2016 FAUX Exhibition (Director's Honorable Mention)
2018 Biennale of the Tangible Image (MAIRIE DU 20EME ARR.,Paris)
2018 Umbria World Fest (PALAZZO TRINCI,Foligno,Italy)
2018 Color Cue Explorations in Perception Projection (SantaFe,USA)
Features / Publications
2018 National Geographic ITALIA
2018 Issue No.13 of AINT - BAD
2018 Italian newspaper “il manifesto ” (Nov 10, 2018)Umbria World Fest 2018
2018 The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 2
2018 Gente di Fotografia Numero71 Photographic Culture Magazine,Italy
2018 NRC Media Holding,Amsterdam
2017 Review Santa Fe
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