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The original artwork by Kotaro Machiyama is an acrylic on canvas piece.

Artist Statement
...Combining the desire to get closer to an object that I am attracted to and thinking about it in a time other than the present...
“I want to draw it, because it is beautiful” is same as “I want to be like that, because it looks cool” or “I want to sing, because it seems fun.” This is the first condition of “the
desire to get closer to an object that I am attracted to.” The second condition, “thinking about it in a time frame other than the present,” is the process and result of a creation derived from an attractive object and the capturing of it on a flat surface. The process of composition, extraction of colors, and the reconstruction of them helps one to detach from the obvious standards of everyday life and start thinking in a time that is out of the ordinary. The result is a creation that includes more “confusion” than “comprehensibility,” keeping in mind that “confusion” helps one think in a time frame not of the present. In our busy, everyday lives, we often can’ t think this way, but it’ s like how you are transported when you think about a favorite place, movie, or music – I believe this artistic process is similar.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1980

Hometown: Chiba, Japan

Based in: Tokyo

Born in 1980 in Chiba Japan, and has now made Tokyo, Japan his base.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Shifting Consciousness.

I explore the causes of my attraction to an object, and then create a work of art using the shapes and colors I find as a result.
The abstract works, shaved down and simplified, pose questions to the viewer.
These questions prompt the viewer to think, and even if only slightly, to move their consciousness away from the situation of “now”.
This is to enjoy "thinking" itself.
It is similar to the feeling of living in an "extraordinary" world; a world other than reality, such as the same feeling when you go to the movies or travel.

In ancient Japan, festivals and Sake were prepared for the "Hare" (extraordinary) days to get rid of the “Kegare" (bad things) accumulated in daily life and to gain vitality.
However, the glamour of the festivals and the Sake that had been part of the "Hare" (extraordinary) days became part of the daily life. Therefor, the "Kegare" (bad things) could no longer be removed.

Shifting consciousness becomes a tool to enter to the "Hare" (extraordinary) days in its original meaning.

PRIZE/SELECTED/PRESS
2017
Rise Art Prize, highly commended, UK
Magazine “Pinzel” interview, Korea
“J-WAVE TIME TABLE” grand prize, Japan
2011
Sapporo Pre-Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011 International Art-Proposal Competition selected
The six time "Daikokuya contemporary art award" selected
2009
The third time "VISUAL ART AWARD BY INTERNATIONAL ART & DESIGN COLLEGE" Mariko Abe award winning and more..


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