Approved: 16.09.2013

Hanae Utamura

Artist

Archived
Approved: 16.09.2013

Wearing black, dissolving myself in black footage and pinning myself down to earth as an icon of human activity by erasing my character, I've made a 'Secret Performance Series' of works (ongoing — 2009 - 2012) exploring and redefining ideas of contemporary myth. These video and photography based performance works record the artist doing various actions in different places on earth, secretly making

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  • Location: London
  • Categories: Installation, Intervention, Performance, Photography, Sculpture
 
 

Biography

Wearing black, dissolving myself in black footage and pinning myself down to earth as an icon of human activity by erasing my character, I've made a 'Secret Performance Series' of works (ongoing — 2009 - 2012) exploring and redefining ideas of contemporary myth. These video and photography based performance works record the artist doing various actions in different places on earth, secretly making seemingly impossible acts possible. The performances often take place in 'edge territories' where human physical capacity meets its limits next to the force of wild nature, such as a cliff's edge, desert, deep snow, shoreline beach, atop an iced lake and into tsunami - stricken areas in Japan in 2011. When life is risked for inconsistent action, that action gains powerful affect despite futility in its content. Contemporary myths are events that happened somewhere sometime with camera the only confirmed witness. All 'Secret Performance Series' videos are short, single angle shots with looped playback. Beginnings and endings of actions are cut and filled with black footage, suggesting to be filled by viewer imagination. Staged performance and actual action in documentary film makes no difference for camera. After author's death, fiction and documentary starts to dissolve. The truths of how it happened and why are left to unfold only through secondary communication. In this sense, I am both alive and dead as an artist in my work. I have been using plaster as a primal medium apart from video and photography. Historically, plaster is a medium used to cast the moment of myth. Its quick cure has an ability to preserve the shape of form in the moment of immediacy when action takes place. Visually akin to the bone, the matter which reveals the state of being of the dead, plaster?s fragility returns it to the elements as in the cycle of life. Taken place in objects, places, events in history, my performance based practice aims to open the new scope of alternative possible worlds.

CV & Education

[EDUCATION]

2010 Graduated from MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

2004 Graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London

 

[EXHIBITIONS]

Solo Exhibitions

2012

'Construct: Fountain' Patio Project, WW Gallery, London

2011

“Inverted Horizons”, curated by Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil, Schwartz Gallery, London

 

Group Exhibitions

2013

“Tightrope" Curated by Kate Pantling, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London

“ASYAAF", Cultural Station 284, Seoul, South Korea

“Pyeong Chang Biennale”, Pyeong Chang, South Korea

“TOPFLOOR/TOPOS”, Dordtyart, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

“Seoul Seoul Seoul”, National Art Studio Changdong, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul

“Here I am”, Hole and Corner Media Art Gallery, Gwangju, Korea

'Bodies of Silence ?3' - When words are made flesh' organised by CUNTemporary, Platform,

London

'Feier Und Flamme', HomeBase Festival, Berlin

 

2012

"Three Gates" curated by Livia Dubon and Seihee Shon, Hanmi Gallery, London

"Convergence/Divergence", Los Medanos College Gallery, Pittsburg, California

"FT Summer Exhibition 2012", Florence Trust, London

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

"Wish You Were Here 11", A.I.R. Gallery, New York

"Bread & Roses", Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol Biennial Community Arts Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom

"Function Room 2", Solché, London

"Winter Open Studios" Florence Trust, London

"ONSITE 2012", CoExist Gallery, Southend, United Kingdom

 

2011

“Chain Letter” curated by Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California

“Great Ormond Street Hospital Exhibition”, London

“I am not a good enough feminist”, co-curated by Melanie Kress and Kate Ryan, Concrete Utopia, New York

“Divide and Rule”, Film and Live Art Festival curated by Roves and Roams, Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture, Windsor, United Kingdom

The One Minutes Awards Night 2011 / category video performances, Eye Film Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2010

“Showroom” Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone, London

“In Time” Blue Print, London

“Chute” Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan

“Your Higher Plain Awaits” Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

“Final Salon” The Woodmill, London

“Asian Invasion” NEST, Den Haag, The Netherlands

“Parking” Hampstead Heath, London

“Re-sign” K-salon, Berlin

“Japan-Tokyo-Shinjyuku exhibition” Shinjyuku Ophthalmologist Gallery, Tokyo

“Smile” Red Gate Gallery, London

“Maybe we will carry on till the end” Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

“CONDENSATION 2010: The temperature is rising” Hanbury Hall, London

“SV10: Members’ Show selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren” Studio Voltaire, London

  

2009

“Art & Photo Book Exhibition” Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery, Tokyo

“Triangle Project” Triangle Space, London

“FormPerform” Triangle Space, London

“Salon” South London Gallery, London

Auto Italia Project Space, CCW Salon, London

 

2004

“Degree Show” Goldsmiths, University of London

 

Residency

2013

Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, United States

National Art Studio, Changdong, National Museum of Contemporary Art, S.Korea

2012

HomeBase BUILD IV, Berlin, Germany

Babayan Culture House, Cappadocia, Turkey

2011 

Florence Trust Residency supported by Axis/Florence Trust Bursary, London

T.H.I.S (Tottenham Hale International Studio) residency, London

Arteles Creative Centre, Haukijärvi, Finland

2010 

“Asian Invasion” NEST, Den Haag, The Netherlands

 

Award/Grant/Fellowship

2013

Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship

Emergency Relief Residency Award for Santa Fe Art Institute, NM, United States

UNESCO Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

2012

WARP – Artist’s Village, Coup de Ville

2011

Shortlisted for Bar Tur Photography Award (Environment theme), London

Awarded 2011-2012 Axis/Florence Trust Residency Bursary, Florence Trust, London

Shortlisted for One Minutes film Awards/video performance section, Eye Film Instituut, The Netherlands

2010 

MA Stars – Selected MA graduates 2010 selected by Monika Bobinska Awarded by Axis

2009

Monthly Photography Awards, Asahi Camera