Yuichi HIRAKO "Memories"

12/21 (Sat.), 2019 - 1/26 (Sun.), 2020
Opening Reception : 12/21 (Sat.) 6:00 - 8:00pm
*Winter Holidays: 12/30 (Mon.) - 1/7 (Tues.)

*We are open on Wed to Sat. 12-7pm and Sun. 12-5pm
*Closed on Mon., Tue. and National Holidays
*The artist will be present at the opening reception on 12/21, Saturday, 6-8pm. The exhibition opens at noon before the reception.
Installation View
Works
Perennial 15.Jul
2019
acrylic on canvas, 1620 x 1300 mm
Perennial 16.Feb
2019
acrylic on canvas, 273 x 220 mm
Perennial 17.Feb
2019
acrylic on canvas, 1000 x 803 mm
Perennial 20.Oct
2019
acrylic on canvas, 910 × 727 mm
Perennial 23.Sep
2019
acrylic on canvas, 1167 x 910 mm
Perennial 26.Mar
2019
acrylic on canvas, 1167 × 910 mm
Perennial 4.Jan
2019
acrylic on canvas, 910 × 727 mm
Perennial 6.Nov
2019
acrylic on canvas, 1620 x 1300 mm
Perennial 9.Nov
2019
acrylic on canvas, 273 x 220 mm
Perennial 9.Sep
2019
acrylic on canvas, 273 x 220 mm
Compost 83
2019
ceramic, 550 x 200 x 100 mm
Compost 84
2019
ceramic, 730 × 300 × 150 mm
Compost 82
2019
ceramic, 495 x240 x 100 mm
Compost 85
2019
ceramic, 440 x 205 x 110 mm
Compost 86
2019
ceramic, 280 x 170 x 110 mm
Compost 87
2019
ceramic, 235 x 150 x 110 mm
Compost 88
2019
ceramic, 360 x 245 x 15 mm
Compost 89
2019
ceramic, 250 x 195 x 15 mm
Compost 90
2019
ceramic, 260 x 380 x 25 mm
Compost 91
2019
ceramic, 270 x 378 x 25 mm
Bark 13
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 420 x 340 mm
Bark 14
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 420 x 340 mm
Bark 15
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 420 x 340 mm
Bark 16
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 398 x 347 mm
Bark 17
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 1040 x 920 mm
Bark 18
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 1040 x 920 mm
Bark 18
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 330 x 390 mm
Bark 19
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 400 x 420 mm
Bark 20
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 470 x 380 mm
Bark 21
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 410 x 340 mm
Bark 23
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 390 x 470 mm
Bark 22
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 340 x 400 mm
Bark 25
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 320 x 390 mm
Bark 26
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 420 x 380 mm
Bark 29
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 400 x 346 mm
Bark 30
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 398 x 347 mm
Bark 31
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 400 x 347 mm
Bark 32
2019
oil pastel on canvas, 397 x 348 mm
Press release

Tokyo, Japan – WAITINGROOM is pleased to announce Yuichi Hirako’s fourth solo exhibition “Memories”, through December 21st, 2019 to January 26th, 2020, at the gallery. With the theme of the coexistence of plants and humans, and the question of the relationship that emerges, Hirako has been presenting his works across media such as drawing, sculpture, installation, and sound performance, while focusing on painting, in order to create a stir and provide an opportunity to think about the situation where there is a boundary between nature and humans. Keeping that attitude, we will present his new series of works titled “Perennial,” which was created from the personal element of the artist’s “memory” in this exhibition. A tower-like structure that symbolizes the accumulation of memories will be placed in the center of the gallery, and about 15 new paintings and 10 sculptures will be exhibited in an installation that uses the entire space including the floor and walls.

About the artist, Yuichi Hirako


左:Perennial 4.Jan, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 910 x 727 mm
右:Perennial 17.Feb, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 1000 x 803 mm

Born in Okayama in 1982, currently lives and works in Tokyo.Graduated from Wimbledon College of Art, Fine Art, Painting, in 2006. His recent exhibitions include a group exhibition “Mite Hanasou 2019” (2019, Sakura City Museum of Art, Chiba), group exhibition “CYGNUS LOOP” (2019, Gallery Baton, Korea), solo exhibition “project N 71 Yuichi Hirako” (2018, Tokyo Operacity Art Gallery, Tokyo), solo exhibition “Dazzling Leaves” (2018, ZERP, Rotterdam), solo exhibition “Greening” (2017, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), solo exhibition “Bark Feeder” (2015, Daiichi Seimei Gallery, Tokyo) and many others. His works have been selected for the Shell Art Prize in 2009, the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize at the Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010, and the Encouragement Prize at the VOCA Exhibition in 2013. His works are in the public collections of Akzonovel Art Foundation, LISSER ART MUSEUM (both in the Netherlands), and Dai-ichi Life Insurance (Japan).

Reconstructing Memories of Relationships with Plants from Records

Hirako chose “memory” as the theme for his solo exhibition, but he says that he focused on “the memory of my relationship with plants, which was unintentionally captured in my memory (record), rather than something that is easily recalled and deeply impressed. Hirako continues as follows.
“Since it is almost impossible to recall plants and nature that existed on the edge of my memory, I looked back at the images I had taken, mostly with my cell phone, over the past three years.The total number of images was about 13,000, and over 10% of them contained plants or related objects.The counted items include plants themselves, plants as food, decorations with plant motifs, wooden furniture and architecture. Although I live an urban life, I was reminded that I am more inseparable from plants and related elements than I had assumed.”
There are two types of memories we have: things we remember consciously and things that lie dormant in our unconscious. The more dramatic memories may be the ones we consciously remember, but those memories eventually fade over time and each element falls into the unconscious. By digging up the unconscious memories of the plants from the photographs, which are records that were taken consciously at the time, and by scooping up the elements that were in the vague places of consciousness and reconstructing the memories of the relationship with the plants that are hard to see, Hirako attempted to create a landscape that is usually invisible in his work. Perhaps this will become a universal landscape not only for Hirako, but for many of us.
The title of the new series, “Perennial,” is not only a name for perennial plants, but also has the meaning of “long-lasting” or “enduring.” Hirako says that he created this series while thinking about the more universal relationship between humans and plants by expressing a world that will last for a long time rather than a temporary memory. A “turret” as a symbol of accumulating memories will be placed in the center of the gallery, and around it, each memory through the four seasons will be composed in a way that will continue for a long, long time. Hoping that they will not be “annual plants” that last a lifetime in one year, but “perennials” that will have a long-lasting relationship with us and our plants.

Three collaborations in conjunction with this exhibition:

・Sculpture works on the online art market “OIL by BT”
https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/artist/371

・Release of a limited edition of “mm’s” T-shirts.
mm’s, which produces T-shirts in collaboration with artists using high-quality materials, will release a limited edition of Yuichi Hirako’s T-shirts in conjunction with the solo exhibition and sell them exclusively at the venue and online store.

・Audio guide with commentary by Yuichi Hirako
Yuichi Hirako explains about his works and his solo exhibition in this audio guide. (Japanese Only)

Artist
平子雄一
Yuichi HIRAKO