Sanbusaku 3 三部作 (3)

The final installment in our three-part Japan series features the fresh, uninhibited world of contemporary Japanese art. Expanding on a national heritage of technological innovation and intricate craftsmanship, these contemporary artists explore the material and conceptual possibilities of art in the twenty-first century, and reveal an ever-thriving culture of creation in Japan today. Discover their experiments in mixed media, interactive technology, porcelain, photography and sculpture that speak to Japan's past and future inside Sanbusaku 3.

Featuring cover artwork by Noriko Ambe

Daito Manabe

Born in 1976, Daito Manabe is a Japanese artist, designer, programmer, DJ, Vj and Composer. After graduating from the Department of Mathematics, Tokyo University of Science, Manabe studied dynamic sensory programming at Japan's International Academy of Media Arts and Science. In 2006, he founded Rhizomatiks, a graphic and web design company. With a team of collaborators, including artist Takcom and choreographer MAKIKO, Manabe is a pioneer in techno-art-music-performance. He has won the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize twice and has been recommended by the jury on seven occasions.

Daito Manabe is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Haruka Kojin

Born 1983 in Hiroshima, Haruka Kojin is a contemporary Japanese installation artist. She completed her Master degree at the Department of Inter Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009. In 2007, she won the Grand Prix at Art Award Tokyo. Her works are held in public collections include DAIWA RADIATOR FACTORY, Hiroshima, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art Sao Paulo, Brasil and Tokyo University of the Arts.

Haruka Kojinis featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa was born in Ishikawa, Japan. He received his BFA with honors in Sculpture from University of East London in 2000 and MFA from Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London. Sawa is best known for his fanciful animations created with lo-tech video equipments. His work has been exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include "Hiraki Sawa: Figment" James Cohan Gallery (New York, 2013), "Airliner" Mori Art Museum, MAM SCREEN, Roppongi Hills, (Tokyo, 2013) and "Hiraki Sawa: Videos" Museum Goch (Goch, Germany, 2012) Sawa currently lives and works in London.

Hiraki Sawa is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Jio Shimizu

Born in Tokyo in 1966, Jio Shimizu is a Japanese contemporary artist who visually reproduces the unique quality of sound, light and vibration. He received his MFA from Tokyo University of Art. Some of Shimizu's major exhibitions include “Roppongi Crossing” at Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), the Busan Biennale 2008 at the Busan Museum of Art (Busan, 2008), and “Simple Interactions. Sound Art From Japan” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde (Copenhagen, 2011). Shimizu currently lives and works in Saitama, Japan.

Jio Shimizu is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Kaori Umeda

Kaori Umeda was born in 1967 in Kyoto and graduated from Saga Art Collect in Kyoto. She creates her sculptural works with new materials, particularly textiles to echo natural and organic forms. Her exhibitions include MINIARTEXTIL COMO (Como, Italy, 2001), Art and Craft Exhibition "2002 New Wave" (Kyoto, 2002) and Prism (U.K, 2003) among others. Umeda is the 1st Prize Winner at the 5th Internaitonal Betonac Prize.

Kaori Umeda is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Kaoru Hirano

Kaoru Hirano is a Japanese contemporary artist best known for her painstaking unravelling of fibers from old clothing and other fabrics. Hirano was born in Nagasaki and received her PhD from Hiroshima City University. In 2010, she received a fellowship from POLA ART FOUNDATION in Berlin, Germany where she currently lives and works. She had her first overseas solo exhibition at KUMUKUMU gallery in New York in 2009.

Kaoru Hirano is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Kohei Nawa

Born in Osaka in 1975, Kohei Nawa is a contemporary Japanese sculptor. He received his PhD in Fine Art Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Art in 2003. Nawa is acclaimed internationally for his PixCell series, a group of sculptures of taxidermic animals covered with clear crystal beads. Pixcell is a term combining the digital "pixel" and the biological "cell," creating a new experience through distortion and reconstruction of color, texture and form. In 2010, Nawa exhibited his works at Bangladesh Biennale and won the Grand Prize. His solo exhibitions include Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany (2009), Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2008), Peking Fine Arts, Beijing, China (2008), Ierimonti Gallery, Milan, Italy (2007), SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan (2006).

Kohei Nawa is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Lieko Shiga

Lieko Shiga was born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan in 1980 and graduated from Chelsea University of Art and Design in London with a BA in Fine Art New Media in 2004. Shiga manipulates the printed photographs while they are still developing in the dark room, generating an effect that blurs the boundary between memory and imagination. Shiga is the winner of the 33rd Kimura Ihei Award in 2008, the Young photographer ICP Infinity Award in 2009 and the 28th Higashikawa Award, the New Photographer Award in 2012. She currently lives and works in Sendai, Japan.

Lieko Shiga is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Midori Sato

Midori Sato was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1984. She graduated from Nagoya University, School of Art with a degree in oil painting in 2008. In 2006, she studied at Ecole National des Beaux Arts de Dijion, France as an exchange student. In 2010, she received her MFA from Tokyo Zokei Univeristy and won the judge prize of Tomio Koyama at Art Award Tokyo 2010. Her major solo exhibitions include TWS-Emerging 140 ”Blissful moments” (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, 2010), TWS-Emerging Plus”Point Marie” (Tokyo Wonder Site Art Café kurage, 2011) , “Project N 48” (Tokyo Opera City Arty Gallery, Tokyo,2012) and "My Precious Room"(Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, 2012). Sato is currently studying in London.

Midori Sato is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Motohiko Odani

Motohiko Odani is a contemporary Japanese sculptor who is best known for his whimsical phantom-like sculptures. Motohiko was born in Kyoto in 1972. He studied music and sculpture and received his Master's degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Odani has held solo exhibitions including "Phantom Limb", Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2011), “SP4 ‘The Spectator’ in Modern Sculpture”, Yamamoto Gendai Gallery (Tokyo, 2009) and “En Melody”, Marella Arte Contemporanea (Milano, 2001), as well as group exhibitions such as “MI VIDA: From Heaven to Hell,” MUeCSARNOK (Budapest, 2009), and “Skin of/in Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Art, (Osaka, 2007).

Motohiko Odani is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Noriko Ambe

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan, in 1967. She lives and works in New York. Since her early project, “Linear-Actions Project Cutting / Drawing” in 1999, Ambe has been working with the dynamics of cut-paper sculpture. By hand-cutting each piece and stacking thousands of paper sheets, she gives form to a wide range of typography engraved by natural motions and emotions. Her past exhibitions include solo shows at Leo Castelli Gallery (New York), The FLAG Art Foundation (New York), SCAI THE BATHHOUSE (Tokyo), Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin, Texas), and group shows at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Arizona), Museum Brandhorst (Munich), Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester), and the Berarudo Collection Museum (Lisbon). In 2010, she was nominated for AICA-USA Exhibition Award and Nissan Art Award finalist in 2013.Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ambe holds a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University, Tokyo (1990).

Noriko Ambe is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Ruriko Murayama

Born in Akita, Japan in 1968, Ruriko Murayama moved to Tokyo in 1990 where she studied batik on her own while working as a stage designer. From the early 2000s. she started to create lavish objects covered with beads, pearls, artificial flowers, lace and other materials obtained from handicraft shops. Her recent solo exhibitions include "Color and Cloat" Yamamoto Genda (Tokyo, 2009) and "Ruriko Murayama" Yamamoto Genda (Tokyo, 2007).

Ruriko Murayama is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Satoshi Hirose

Satoshi Hirose, born in Tokyo in 1963, is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses installation, environmental interventions, performance, sculpture, photography and drawing. His work addresses the purity and essentiality of everyday life. In 1989, Hirose graduated from Tama Art University. In 1991, he received an Italian government scholarship and moved to Italy to study at Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2008, he worked in New York as a trainee in the overseas program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, and in 2012, he attended a residency at VSC in the U.S. with a fellowship from the United States and Japan Foundation. Hiroshi is currently working in Milan and Tokyo.

Satoshi Hirose is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Shintaro Kobayashi

Shintaro Kobayashi was born in 1988 in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. His recent works relies heavily on digitalized data that are ink jet printed.

Shintaro Kabayashi is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作

Takahiro Iwasaki

Takahiro Iwasaki was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1975. He received his BA (1998), MA(2001) and PhD(2003) in Arts from Hiroshima City University. In 2005, he received a MFA with distinction from Edinburgh College of Art. Iwasaki is known for his miniature sculptures created with unconventional materials such as electrical tapes, toothbrush bristles and towels. His recent solo exhibitions include "Nichtlokalität" Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden, Germany, 2011), "Phenotypic Remodeling" ARATANIURANO (Tokyo, 2010), and "Structural Phase Transition Model " Art 41 Basel / Art Statements (Basel, Switzerland, 2010).

Takahiro Iwasaki is featured in Sanbusaku 3 三部作