Yuichi HIRAKO Solo Exhibition, Grafted Tree
6/20 (Sat.) - 7/26 (Sun.), 2015
Opening Reception : 6/20 (Sat.) 6-9pm

*Open on Friday through Sunday 1-7pm and Monday 5-11pm
*The exhibition will open at 1pm before the opening reception on Saturday, 6/20. The artists will attend the reception at 6-9pm.

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installation view (photo by Ujin Matsuo)

Tokyo, Japan - waitingroom is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Yuichi HIRAKO, “Grafted Tree”, through June 20th, Sat. to July 26th, Sun. 2015. For the past years, HIRAKO has been creating his work in the theme of coexistence between human and nature as well as the questions to their relationship. In the past, he was interested in the situation where nature and human are coexisting together. Recently, he is more interested in the reason why human is attempting to coexist with it and how we can do it. The tone of color used to be very dark in his painting when he was feeling unpleasant sensation about the situation between them, however, it has been recently changing and he started using brighter colors. It is a new ground for HIRAKO to challenge a new technique rather than keeping the way he can control very well. Challenging something he can not control fully is similar to the relationship between human and nature that can not be totally controlled. He adds that it is also similar to the relationship between art and artist where artist keeps challenging to the uncontrollable situation for good.

About the Artist
Yuichi HIRAKO is born in Okayama in 1982, currently living and working in Tokyo. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art (England), Fine Art, Painting Major in 2006. In addition to Japan, he has been showing internationally in Copenhagen, Singapore, Taiwan, Rotterdam, San Francisco and others. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “The Bark of Mind” (2014, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen), solo exhibition “The Leaf Scar” (2013, waitingroom, Tokyo), solo exhibition “Memories of My Garden : Hidden Forest” (2012, INAX Gallery, Tokyo). HIRAKO has been receiving many awards for the past couple of years, including “Shell Art Award 2009” (Finalist Nominated), “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010” (Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize), and “VOCA (Vision of Contemporary Art) 2013” (The VOCA Encouragement Prize). In this fall 2015, he will have a large scale solo exhibition at Dai-ichi Life Gallery in Tokyo as well as YIRI ARTS in Taipei.

Lost in Thought 15, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 194 x 162 cm

A new relationship between human and nature, created by the Grafted Tree
The title of the exhibition, Grafted Tree, is to connect more than two different plant bodies into one artificially made section and to make one individual plant. This skill is mainly used for “proliferation” and “reformation” of the new variety, however, there are many new possibilities in this technique and it is a great phenomenon that the plant’s creative ability appears.

The main motif in HIRAKO’s work is a human body with a plant head and it seems like an integration of pant and human being, created by the technique of “Grafted Tree”. HIRAKO’s expectation and hope for the diverse possibility of relationship between nature and human are put in this character, and wide varieties of plants and stories are assembled almost like a “Grafted Tree” in the landscape around this character, creating some type of “Utopia”.

This exhibition showcases 4-5 large size paintings (130 x 162 cm and bigger) as its highlight as well as brand new installation piece, several sculptures and several drawings.

Boy 78, 2014, mixed media, 20 x 22 x 42 cm Boy 79, 2015, mixed media, 30 x 17 x 65 cm

Yuichi HIRAKO artist page

1982 Born in Okayama
2006 B.F.A., Wimbledon College of Art, BA (Hons), Fine Art: Painting Major
Currently living and working in Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions

“Wooden Works”, hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO, Tokyo
“The Bark of Mind”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

“The Luminous Plant”, Satellite, Okayama
“The Forest City”, Sonnentor Fujin Arts Space, Taipei
“The Thick Forest”, The Drawing Room, Singapore
“The Leaf Scar”, waitingroom, Tokyo

“The Wooden Clapper”, The Drawing Room, Manila, Philippines
“Selected Forest”, Satellite, Okayama
“Advanced Plants”, WALL/H.P.FRANCE, Tokyo
“The Green Pieces”, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo
“Memories of My Garden : Hidden Forest”, INAX GALLERY, Tokyo
“Memories of My Garden : Mistletoe”, Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage, Tokyo
“SLEEPING IN THE PINE FOREST”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Yuichi HIRAKO Art Works”, Satellite, Okayama
“Memories of My Garden : Song”, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
“Tokyo Wonder Wall 2011 at Tocho”, Skywalk Exhibition Space at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo

“Yuichi HIRAKO : Memories of My Garden”, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Eternal lines”, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam
″Collections″ Gallery in The Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

“Salon Zerp”, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam
“SUMMER GROUP SHOW - FROM NOW ON -”, waitingroom, Tokyo
"11th INUJIMA JIKAN" INUJIMA, Okayama, Japan
″Collector's EYE ″ Kashiwa Public Gallery, Chiba, Japan
″Collections″ Gallery in The Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Art Now:Memories of Body" Nagi Museum Of Contemporary, Okayama, Japan

"Art Now:Memories of Body" Takahashi Historial Museum, Okayama, Japan
"Art Now:Memories of Body" Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza, Okayama, Japan
“Considering the Source”, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco
“Snack JIKKA”, JIKKA, Tokyo
“GENESIS”, Sonnentor Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
“PSYCHOTROPICS”, The Drawing Room Singapore, Singapore
“VOCA Prize 2013”, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
“Tokyo Painting II -Mindscape between interior and exterior-”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
“HOTCHPOTCH”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

“XMAS’12”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
“SUMMERTIME 12”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Back to Nature”, Fuma Contemporary Tokyo / Bunkyo Art, Tokyo
“Mr, I Prize”, Okayama Tenjinyama Plaza, Okayama

“XMAS ’11”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
“D Art Biennale Art Award 2011”, Y++ Gallery Triwizart, Beijing, China
“D Art Biennale”, Daitec, Aichi
“Arts Challenge 2011”, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
“Regenerate Part.1”, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo

“The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010”, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
“Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

“Amuse Art Jam 09”, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
“Shell Art Award 2009”, Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo
“TOKYO WONDER SEEDS 2009”, Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo


2013 “VOCA (Vision of Contemporary Art)”, The VOCA Encouragement Prize
2011 “D Art Biennale”, Outstanding Performance Award
2011 “Arts Challenge 2011”, Finalist Nominated
2010 “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010”, Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize
2010 “The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010”, Finalist Nominated
2009 “Shell Art Award 2009”, Finalist Nominated

Artist Website:

Leaf Beetle 16, 2015, acrylic and pencil on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm Loam 1, 2015, acrylic and pencil on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm


<Exhibition Overview>
Artist : Yuichi HIRAKO
Duration: 6/20 (Sat.) - 7/26 (Sun.), 2013
Opening Reception: 6/20 (Sat.) 6-9pm
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 1-7pm Mon. 5-11pm
Closed: Tue.-Thu.
Place: waitingroom
Address: Shibuya Hyacca Bldg. 3F 4B&4D, 2-8-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel/ Fax: +81-3-3476-1010

Inquiry: (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)



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