EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2012
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Artist: Shiro Masayuma, Artist in Residence 2011/12
Title of Exhibition: 'Farming Life',
Date: Friday May 4th - Friday June 1st, 2012
About the Exhibition: Shiro Masuyama is the latest artist to receive the Fred Conlon Contemporary Sculpture Award in Ireland. Sponsored by Sligo County Council the residency involves a research period of two months on the coast in Easkey, County Sligo followed by one month producing the work for exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre.
For Masuyama the work is always firmly located in the social contexts in which it is made and so it is no surprise that the rural contexts of counties Sligo and Leitrim became the focus of his present work. Masuyama draws attention to the everyday practices of rural cultures and the reciprocal relationship of people and their surrounding environment. Motivated by the desire to bring these interactions out into the living surface of the everyday Masuyama works to intervene in the regularities of daily existence in attempting to bridge the gap between art and life. For Masuyama, the everyday holds the promise of fundamental change in society and by working with and re-configuring its habitual forms he opens up new possibilities and spaces for creative co-operation.
Masuyama's exhibition entitled Farming Life includes two work's: ''Building Blocks' and 'Knitting the woolen jumper for the sheep I sheared'. At the closing of the exhibition on June 1st 2012 at 3pm there will be an informal catalogue launch and artist talk by Masuyama's on his current practice, from Ireland and abroad.
Masuyama was born in Tokyo, since 2004 he has been based in Berlin, but he has recently re-located to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since 2002 he has taking part in residencies all over the world including Cow House Studios, Wexford (2011); Flaxart studios, Belfast (2009); AIR artist-in-residence Krems, Austria (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2004-05); International Studio & Curatorial Programme, New York(2002-2003). In 2006 he founded nomadic residency project, “ART No.11”.
Masuyama has received numerous awards for his work, most recently from Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2011) and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2009-10). He has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at numerous international venues, including Gallery αM, Tokyo (2011); the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2011); Tenderpixel Gallery, London (2010); Water and Sculpture Hills Ichihara Museum, Japan (2010); Tinbox Contemporary Art Gallery, Bordeaux(2010), and his work has been exhibited in numerous international group exhibitions.