Artist in Residence 2014: Shiro Masuyama
MASUYAMA is a Japanese conceptual artist who was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. He completed his Masters in Architecture in 1997 at Meiji University, Kawasaki Japan and since 2002 he has worked nomadically and developed his professional practice, taking part in residencies all over the world including: Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2012); Flaxart studios, Belfast (2009); National Art Studio Goyang (The National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea), South Korea (2008); Artist in Residence Krems (Kunstmeile Krems), Austria (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2004-05); Hangar, Barcelona (2003); International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2002-2003). He was based in Berlin for 6 years from 2004. Since 2010 he has re-located to Belfast and has become a studio holder and co-director of Flax Art Studios since 2013. His works are fundamentally site specific, inspired by the environment in which he lives. He works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, performance, video and photography.
MASUYAMA has exhibited widely locally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland (2012); Gallery aM, Tokyo (2011); Golden Thread Gallery (2011); Water and Sculpture Hills Ichiara Museum, Chiba, Japan(2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); ADN Gallery, Barcelona(2006); MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna(2006); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2005) and group exhibitions including “Aichi Triennale 2013”, Japan(2013); ”Caution”, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast(2012); "A Dialogue with the Space and Time", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taiwan (2012); "CREAM - International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohama", Japan(2009); "The 1st Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art", Japan(2009). He has received numerous awards including the Individual Artist’s Award from the City of Culture Derry~Londonderry (2013); Arts and Disability Award Ireland (2012); Self-Arranged Residencies Award from Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2012); 1 year grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2009-2010); half year grant of the Asia Pacific Fellowship Program from the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, South Korea (2008); 1 year grant of Japanese Government Oversea Program for Artists, Japan (2004-2005); 1 year grant from Pola Art Foundation, Japan (2002-2003).
Masuyama will show his Borderline Project intermittently in Portadown thoughout 2014. For updates join our e-mailing list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or following us on facebook. He will exhibit new work as part of a major exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre in 2015.
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