[ISEA2002] Artist Statement: Yoshiyuki Shirakawa – Safe Torturing Series-9

Artist Statement

The basic idea of this work is to rethink about our sensitivity of sympathy with things. I”m lnterested in the process now a sense or value is formed by the information of media system. In my work, I’m trying to represent physical and mental conditions that we daily experience with media. I think that I have been educated in a physically sate environment, that is, an environment protected from actual physical threat. Experience that we haven in the safe environment, brings force another sense or reality in the individual and society. Recent works “Safe Torturing Series” are sort of physically safe torturing apparatus. Like an image on TV screen or computer monitor, unmaterialised image of viewer made of video system is tortured in several ways. For me, it is an exaggeration of our daily experience with media in domestic safe environment. I’m attempting to represent situations without reality, at the same time the situations that paradoxically seem to have reality.

  • Yoshiyuki Shirakawa
    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
    2002 17 Evre Crescent. “ART IN THE HOME”. Edinburgh. Scotland
    2001 Miwa House, “ART IN THE HOME”, Yamaguchi City, japan Aspirante, “SWITCH vo1.3 -Safe Torturing Series*, Hofu, Japan
    2000 Hakusei Temple, “CAW Show”, Okikamum Island, Yamaguchi, japan
    1999 Museum in Yamaguchi, Japan
    1994 MMC Gallery, “RECTANGLE AND INTERIOR”, New York
    1993 Gallery Korea, “FUNCTION, NON FUNCTION”, New York Nagoya City Museum, AREC’93, Nagoya, Japan Tribeca Lab., New York
    1992 The Kitchen, centerpiece for 20th anniversary, New York
    1991 Visual Arts Gallery, New York
    1989 Griffin McGear Gallery, “FORM; BEING; ABSENCE”, New York