Approved: 16.08.2006

Reiko Aoyagi

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am interested in exploring how people who are culturally and individually different, can communicate with each other in our complex contemporary life. In search for a potential dialogue, I transform spaces or places to create a new fluid space filled with the fundamental elemental energies of air, fire, earth and water. I have been using both natural and artificial light as a main material in my

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Residencies, Built environment, Public art, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
  • Categories: Architecture, Digital, Environment, Installation, Photography
  • Tags: Light, Installation, Photography, Environment, Architecture, Culture, Identity, Japanese, Natural elements, Transformation
 

Biography

I am interested in exploring how people who are culturally and individually different, can communicate with each other in our complex contemporary life. In search for a potential dialogue, I transform spaces or places to create a new fluid space filled with the fundamental elemental energies of air, fire, earth and water. I have been using both natural and artificial light as a main material in my work because all life is supported by light, it is our life force and I use it signify primary energy. I have also in a sense, used architectural spaces and the environment as 'materials' with cultural reference. These I regard as 'living materials' which often indicate directly how people think, feel and live. In these transformed spaces I see a possibility for people who may be present to transmit their energy between each other and the elements.

CV & Education

Qualifications and Training

1995 - MA, Fine Art, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1993 - Certificate in Sculpture, London Guildhall University, London, UK

1977 - Bachelor of Education, Ibaraki University, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

2014 - Afterimage, Toki Art Space, Tokyo, Japan 

2004 - As It Is, Toki Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

2003 - Transparent, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales, UK

2002 - Transparent lll, Bleddfa Centre for Arts, Knighton, Powys, Wales, UK

2001 - Transparent ll, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK

1999 - Reiko Aoyagi, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

1998 - Reiko Aoyagi, Gallery 97-99, London, UK

1996 - Inscape Wales , Oriel, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1994 - Untitled, The Artists Project Studio, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1991 - Earth, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990 - Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1989 - Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1988 - Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1986 - Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1983 - Reiko Aoyagi, Gallery Q, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2008 - Kyobashi 3-3-8, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2007 - Reshaping Space, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, NY State, USA

2006 - Coordinates, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

2006 - Illuminations, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, NY State, USA

2005 - Reiko Aoyagi, Philippa Lawrence, House of Art, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

2005 - Transparent lV, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2004 - Tickety-boo, Rites of Exchange, Bristol , UK

2001 - Glow, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

1999 - Screen, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

1999 - Ten Year Anniversary Show, Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1998 - Llath-Yard, Cardiff City & Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1998 - Out of Place, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1997 - Borders, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1996 - Trans-Formations, The Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland

1995 - MA Show, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1994 - Inter-View, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1994 - Site-ations, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1991 - Japan-Korea Exchange Exhibition Of Contemporary Painting, Gallery Sanyo, Tokyo, Japan

1990 - Art beyond the Limits '90, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

1990 - Japan-Korea Exchange Exhibition Of Contemporary Painting, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1989 - Art beyond the Limits '89, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

1982 - Shinseiki Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Curated projects

2001 - New Space, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno and touring to Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK

Workshops

2001 - Cyfuniad International Artist's Workshop, Plas Caerdeon, Barmouth, Wales, UK

1996 - Between the Visible and Invisible, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Residencies

2009 - Art Colony Galichnik, Galichnik, Macedonia

2006 - Illuminations, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, NY State, USA

2005 - Coordinates, Harlech Biennale, Harlech, Wales, UK

2004 - Identities, Encuendro Internacional de Artistas Independientes, Morelia, Mexico

Public Commissions

2008 - Untitled, Dumballs Road Ipad Development, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2007 - Beginning, Museum of Lost Heritage, Window, Birmingham, UK

2006 - Flow, The Former Science Museum, Birmingham, UK