hitoshi kuriyama

Hitoshi Kuriyama was born in 1979 in the Japanese prefecture of Hyogo. After earning his specialization in Art and Music and with a Ph.D. in Inter Media at the University of Tokyo, he worked as a file clerk at the Japan Aerospace Agency for a period.  This experience profoundly influenced his later artistic exploration. His best-known works are probably the traces of light captured on the surface of photographic paper, clouds of color that resemble the true nature behind the way things appear. With Kuriyama, fluorescent lights and LEDs become life forces that animate the darkness of the universe with an irregular, unpredictable rhythm. In the 2009 work 0=1 vacuum, the artist has sought to show an absolute void, a complete nothingness, sowing in the observer the existential doubt of the equation, “to be=not to be?” “0=1?”. Among his many exhibitions, the following must be remembered: the one in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo, at which he received a special jury award for the Media Art Festival; the one in 2007 at the Hiroshima Museum; and, more recently, the ones at the New York Armory Show and at the Frieze in London. His works have been presented in Tokyo at the International Gallery Beams in 2008 and at the Toto in 2009.

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