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Yotaro Niwa (Japan)
January – February 2010
Yotaro Niwa works with a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, installation and photography. His practice involves the use of everyday objects, such as household goods, food, ladders and clothing, combined with the use of industrial materials such as electrical cable, metal pipes, plexi-glass and fluorescent lighting. Often taken from locations near to where he works, his choice of material is closely linked to its relationship with the environment. Dealing with issues concerning cultural and environmental change, Niwa plays with significant structures and architectural devices, some of which relate to his homeland. His sculptural environments also explore different possibilities of perception. Variable configurations of objects, their instability left ambiguous, form a network of relationships which attempt to confound the viewer’s expectations of order and harmony.
Born in Japan, Niwa studied at Braunschweig University of Art in Germany and now lives and works in Berlin. In 2009 Niwa was awarded a scholarship by the Japanese Department of Art and Culture. Recent exhibitions include Emporium, 2009, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan; Dialogausstellung, Konsistenz, 2009, Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne; Alpha M project, The Space of Appearance Vol.1, 2008, Art Space Kimura, Tokyo, and Den Gang der Handlung verfolgen, 2007, Kunstverein St.Pauli, Hamburg.
Yotaro Niwa's work was shown in the the Process Room in March 2010.
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