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Hajime Mizutani
updated: 10/21/2008
website: www.ab.auone-net.jp/~hajime
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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The Development / detail
The Development
breach
breach
natural/unnatural
NO TITLE OR NOT YET
NO TITLE OR NOT YET (detail)
The Erect Room 2
Endless Cemetery
w
The Erect Room
untitled or not yet (detail)
fold
Malice
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, landscape, site-specific
 
 
The Development / detail by Hajime Mizutani
The Development / detail
knocking pencils, paper
08/2008
107" x  107" 
The Development by Hajime Mizutani
The Development
knocking pencils, paper
08/2008
107" x  107" 
breach by Hajime Mizutani
breach
knocking pencils, paper
09/2008
107" x  107" 
breach by Hajime Mizutani
breach
knocking pencils, paper
09/2008
107" x  107" 
natural/unnatural by Hajime Mizutani
natural/unnatural
knocking pencils, paper
2007
55" x  190" 
NO TITLE OR NOT YET by Hajime Mizutani
NO TITLE OR NOT YET
knocking pencils, paper
2007
0" x  0" 
NO TITLE OR NOT YET (detail) by Hajime Mizutani
NO TITLE OR NOT YET (detail)
knocking pencils, paper
2007
0" x  0" 
The Erect Room 2 by Hajime Mizutani
The Erect Room 2
charcoal, paper
2006
240" x  442" 
Endless Cemetery by Hajime Mizutani
Endless Cemetery
charcoal, paper
2005
24" x  144"  x 504" 
w by Hajime Mizutani
w
charcoal, paper
2005
150" x  156" 
The Erect Room by Hajime Mizutani
The Erect Room
charcoal, paper
2006
99" x  372" 
untitled or not yet (detail) by Hajime Mizutani
untitled or not yet (detail)
charcoal, paper
2007
604" x  436" 
fold by Hajime Mizutani
fold
charcoal, paper
2004
24" x  473"  x 354" 
Malice by Hajime Mizutani
Malice
charcoal, paper
2005
79" x  110"  x 67" 

Artist Statement
Humans see “something” by letting an image of an object into their brain and collating it with fragments of stored memories and experiences that have accumulated throughout their life. Various fragments of memory together lead them to recognize what the object is. The act of seeing is completed once a meaning is applied to the object.

As is well known, the expression “déjà vu” refers to the sensation one experiences when feeling that something has been experienced before, although this is in fact, not the case. In pondering the characteristic features of the human act of seeing, it even seems to me that humans perhaps instinctively repeat the act with the desire to experience the feeling of déjà vu.

On my way home, I look up. In doing so, I notice “something” lying on the road 30 meters ahead of me. The object is “something,” not any other thing. My instincts instantly begin to infer what the object is; too fast for me to be conscious of it happening. I stop walking. In a mere second, I judge in the twilight that the object is a mongrel dog which has just been run over and is lying there, and I turn my face away. However, not being sure whether that information is correct, nor knowing why I averted my eyes from the object; I lift my head and look at it again. This time it changes into the form of a cat lying down taking a nap on the asphalt still warm from the day’s sun. In another second, it is a brown paper MUJI store carry bag and a crumpled Beaver Tozan flier.

This recognition of things, with its accompanying flashbacks of sensation and emotion, is similar to that in dreams. Dreams, in most cases, make me feel everything related to me much more realistically than in the real world. The flashback, or dream, is a succession of falling droplets of reality and emotion which are unfettered by the concept of time. I wonder if reality isn’t, in truth, merely the déjà vu of dreams which are fragmented, yet constantly falling into our conscious minds. 30 meters to “something”…

Artist Bio / CV

HAJIME MIZUTANI
Born 1976 in Mie, Japan

Exhibition Schedule
2009/Summer
"The 1st Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art" Saitama, JAPAN
2009/07/26-09/13
"The 4th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2009" Echigo-Tsumari region, Niigata, JAPAN

Selected Solo Shows
2007
“THE WITNESS WAS SWORN TO TELL THE TRUTH” Red Mill Gallery, Vermont, USA
2005
"Endless Cemetery" Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Studio 2, NE, USA
"Callous" Gallery MoMo, Tokyo
2003
"Line Drawing of Magnetism" INAX Gallery, Tokyo
"Front and Back, Expelled" Tama Art University, Tokyo

Selected Group Shows
2008
"The 9th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist" The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
"Pre-Exhibition Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art / Siding Railroad" The Site of Seibu Railway Co.,Ltd. Old Tokorozawa Car Factory, Saitama
2006
"Uijae Art Studio 1st round Artists Group Exhibition" Uijae Art Museum, Uijae Art Studio, Gwangju, Korea
2005
"The 8th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist" The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
2004
"Distance" Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori
"The 7th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art" Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Tokyo
2003-2004
"Kirin Art Award 2003" Hill side Forum, Tokyo/KPO KIRIN Plaza, Osaka
2002
"Philip Morris Art Award 2002" Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo

Education

2003
MFA Tama Art University
2001
BFA Tama Art University

Awards
Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA (2007)
Artist Residency, art gene, Barrow-in-Furness, UK (2007)
Artist Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA, USA (2007)
Artist Residency, Uijae Art Studio Artist-in-Residence Program, Gwangju, Korea (2006)
Artist Residency, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, NM, USA (2006)
Artist Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, NE, USA (2005)
Artist Residency, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori (2004)
"Hachiouji City YUME Museum Art Competition" Tokyo (2003)
"Kirin Art Award 2003" Tokyo (2003)
"The 37th Kanagawa prefecture Art Exhibition" Kanagawa (2001)

Reviews
"I SPY" Inna Novikova "The Reader (15 Dec 2005)"
"Impulse and Control" KONDO, Yuki "Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Artist-in-Residence Program 2004" Report
"Synchronicity of Crack" IRISAWA, Yuka (INAX Gallery Chief Director) INAX ART NEWS vol.241 (2003)