Keita Miyazaki

Barren Land

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Keita Miyazaki, Barren Land, 2018, Car parts and paper, 190 x 118 x 38 cm. Art Jameel Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery.

Artwork Details

Artist

Keita Miyazaki

Title

Barren Land

Date

2018

Medium

Car parts and paper

Dimensions

190 x 118 x 38 cm

Credit Line

Art Jameel Collection

Artist Biography

Keita Miyazaki (b.1983, Tokyo) lives and works between Tokyo, Japan and London, UK.

Utopia and dystopia merge in Keita Miyazaki’s practice. Aligned with artists who reutilize discarded elements of the industrialized world, he has forged his own path, coupled with an aesthetic that combines both Oriental and Western influences. His works feature materials whose amalgamation suggests an original and unfamiliar visual language. Through the juxtaposition of a hard, metallic edge with vividly colored, delicate origami, these unconventional hybrids escape formal paradigms, and evoke a sense of post-apocalyptic reconciliation.

Keita holds a PhD in Craft Metal Casting from Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo (2015); a MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London (2013); and a MA and BA in Craft Metal Casting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo (2009 and 2007). He has had solo exhibitions at Rin Art Association, Takasaki (2019); Rosenfeld Porcini gallery, London (2018); LOKO GALLERY, Tokyo (2016); Daiwa Foundation, London (2015); B-gallery, Tokyo (2009); and Ai Gallery, Tokyo (2008). Notable recent group exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2017); Palazzo Sant’Apollonia, Venice (2017); Royal College of Art, London (2013); Mori Arts Centre Gallery, Tokyo (2010). In addition to being selected for the London–Civic Trust Award project (2015), his awards include the Tokyo University Arts’ Ataka Prize (2008), the Government of Tokyo Prize (2007), and the Tokyo University of the Arts’ Haruji Naitou Prize (2006).
www.keitamiyazaki.com

Work Description

Keita Miyazaki’s sculptures and installations feature materials whose combination suggests an original and unfamiliar visual language. Discarded car engine components are welded together to conjure up exotic vegetation or sci-fi creatures. These metal parts are then attached to richly coloured folded paper shapes, creating sculptures of fascinating contradiction and a unique aesthetic that appears at once automated yet also natural in their organic features. Drawing on the artistic legacy of his home country, the kaleidoscopic floral forms are crafted in traditional Japanese techniques and material. Through the juxtaposition of a hard, metallic edge with vividly coloured, delicate origami, these unconventional hybrids escape formal design, rather evoking a sense of post-apocalyptic reconciliation.

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