Time and place are two notions of special interest for Hirakawa. Reflecting on the expanded sense of these principal vectors of orientation, he creates poetic works of art that often move us in their singular beauty. Hirakawa works in a wide range of media, encompassing video, sculpture and mixed media. His works rarely are stand-alone pieces: rather they are the next step in a train of thought developed through earlier works.
A sense of place is imperative for the artist. For Hirakawa, place can both be the original location that inspired a certain work of art, as well as the place of exhibition, as he often conceives installations specific to the site. Rethinking and adapting existing works for new venues is an important aspect of his artistic practice. The notion of time is closely attached to that of place, and Hirakawa often researches the different strands of time that one place carries. The idea of the site specific, and its meaning for the artist, will receive special attention during this talk, with the transformation of things through the passage of time being a second defining topic. Furthermore, Hirakawa will expand on his fascination with ideas surrounding alchemy.
Youki Hirakawa was born in 1983 in Nagoya, Japan, and lives and works in Berlin. He is currently a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin until August 2015. Several solo exhibitions have been devoted to his work, including at KunstKraftWerk, Leipzig; Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel, Wolfenbüttel; MOT / ARTS, Taipei; Standing Pine, Nagoya; and the Kyoto Arts Centre. Furthermore, he has been included in numerous group shows around the world; most notably the Sapporo International Art Festival; the Aichi Triennale, Nagoya and Okazaki; the 8th Busan International Art Festival, Space Bandee, Busan; the European Media Art Festival, Nippon Conception, Filmtheater Hasetor, Osnabrück; and Electrofringe, Playhouse, Newcastle, Australia. Recently, Youki Hirakawa has been granted the Overseas Research Fellowship by the Pola Art Foundation (2013), a grant by the Nomura Foundation (2014) and an exhibition grant by the Yoshiko Gypsum Art Foundation (2015). His work is in the public collection of the Minokamo City Museum, Gifu.
Hirakawa will be exhibiting his work at the White Rainbow gallery in London, from the 30th of June to the 8th of August 2015: http://white-rainbow.co.uk/exhibitions/into-a-horizon/