AOI SUWA

 

 


AOI SUWA


1991 Born in Tokyo.

Education
2021-
Doctor of Fine Arts,
Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

2019-2020 Exchange Program,
MA Art and Science course,
Central Saint Martins,
University Arts of London, UK

2018-2021
Master of Fine Arts,
Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

2014-2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Oil Painting Major,Department of Painting,
Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

2011-2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Oil Painting Major,Department of Oil Painting
Musashino Art University, Japan


Award, Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2021 selected
2021 Ueno Geiyu Award, Tokyo University of the Arts
2021 keisei Electric Railway Art Award, keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
2021 Outstanding Performance Award, Tokyo University of the Arts: Art Festival 2021
2020 Online Global Art Event “Be-coming Tree” selected
2020 Doko×Deza Competition by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art selected
2019 Semi Grand Prix, NONIO ART WAVE AWARD 2019
2018 INTER DESIGN FORUM TOKYO 2018 VOL.9 selected
2018 Mr. O commemoration prize, Tokyo University of the Arts
2017 The 12th Geidai Art Plaza selected
2017 Rêver 2074 Award selected
2015 KONICA MINOLTA Social Design Award, Art Division

Scholarship, Grants
2021 Scholarship by TOBE MAKI Scholarship Foundation
2021 Scholarship for art and sports students by Gion Co.,Ltd.
2019 TOKYO GEIDAI “I LOVE YOU” Project selected
2019 TOBITATE! Young Ambassador Program, Study Abroad Scholarship
2016 Scholarship for oil painting students by Ishibashi Foundation

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Entropic Circulation, Art Space BUoY, Kita-senjyu, Japan
2020 Reflection as Compression, Yamaji Textile Factory, Gunma prefecture, Japam

Group Exhibitions
2021 Huaniao Island Public Art Festival, Huaniao island, China
2021 Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2021, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2021 Doko×Deza Competition by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2021 Tokyo University of the Arts The 69th Graduation Works Exhibitions, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2020 i promise you..., CSM MA Interim Show / Apiary Studios, London, UK
2019 Emergent, CSM MA Art & Science Open Studio / Elthorne Studios, London, UK
2019 Place out of Time/ Setouchi Triennial, Kagawa, Japan
2018 Life is Art, Factory basement, Tomi, Nagano, Japan
2018 0, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2018 Mujyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2018 near Phenomena, Chuo-Line Gallery, Nishi-Ogikubo, Japan
2018 Tokyo University of the Arts The 66th Graduation Works Exhibitions, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2018 BE MY BABY, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2017 Traveling Scholarship Program Exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2017 4th grade students exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2017 Rêver 2074, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2017 Muni-Muni, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Promotion Exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2015 Yuu, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2015 KONICA MINOLTA Social Design Award, KONICA MINOLTA PLAZA, Shinjuku, Japan
2014 Toride Art Path, Tokyo University of the Arts, Toride, Japan
2014 Yugaichi Quest, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno, Japan
2013 Bunkai no Zahyo, Musashino Art University, Kodaira, Japan
2013 Monster Exhibition, Shibuya Hikarie, Japan
2012 Promotion Exhibition, Musashino Art University, Kodaira, Japan
2012 Bokura ha ikasareteiru, Musashino Art University, Kodaira, Japan
2011 Gen tenⅡ, Musashino Art University, Kodaira, Japan
2011 Gen ten, Garelly Yoh, Kichijoji, Japan
2011 Kotonoha ten, The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Shinjuku, Japan

Artist in Residence
2020 Yamaji Texitile Factory, Gunma prefecture, Japan
2020 Järvilinna Art Center, Jyväskylä, Finland
2019 Cerdeira, Lousã, Portugal
2016 Gullkistan, Laugarbatn, Iceland
2011 ARTIST IN DANCHI, Riento Tamadaira, Hachioji, Japan

Workshop Planning & Managiment
2020 3D Chemical Drawing Workshop, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
2015 Humuto Pom-Pom Otousan, Senju Geijyutsu Mura, Kitasenju, Japan
2015 Odore ANdromeda, Senju Geijyutsu Mura, Kitasenju, Japan
2013 Tenohira ni Uchu wo Nosetemiyou, Sawayaka Chiba Kenmin Plaza, Kashiwa, Japan
2012 Science Art Workshop, Senjyu Geijyutsu Mura, Kitasenju, Japan

Event
2021 Banana Night, Ace hotel Kyoto, Japan
2015 Live Painting × Musica!!!, Ueno Park, Ueno, Japan
2013 Idea to Change The World, Global Human Resource Development Forum, Ochanomizu University
2011 Tokyo International Science Festival the 3rd, Panasonic Center Tokyo, Ariake, Japan


Formative Experience


When I was in elementary school, my science teacher showed me a chemical experiment in which liquid color changed through a chemical reaction. At the moment of witnessing the color transformation, I became very intrigued by this extraordinary phenomenon that occurred in front of my eyes. After this encounter, I became curious about science and came to believe that science includes aspects of art, so this is my starting point to think about when is the emotional moment that results in art, and it became a trigger to discover an interdisciplinary area that encompasses art and science. Since then I have been pursuing such encounters with visual phenomena in my art practice. I mainly create installations, but I also treat video and photographs as nesting layers which serve as another form of artistic expression and enable me to create new physicality through observing my installation work. I think this nesting approach can enable deeper understanding of the encounters that happen between our bodies and visual phenomena.






Moment of Encountering through "Seeing" 2020-2021


Installation, video, photograph Yamaji textile factory, Gunma prefecture, Japan What are we looking at when we are "seeing"?
Is it information, phenomena, or the appearance of our own feelings?


This is an earnest question especially in recent days. We encounter so much information every day. However, I would say it is questionable as to whether the situation should be called "seeing". This is because I often feel much information is being pushed to people from outside. For “seeing by myself”, I planned to capture visual phenomena as subjective photos and videos in my installation work because I wanted to show nothing realized without "seeing". I mainly create installations, but I also treat video and photographs as nesting layers which serve as another form of artistic expression and enable me to create new physicality through observing my installation work. I think this nesting approach can enable deeper understanding of the encounters that happen between our bodies and visual phenomena. Although we often experience different kinds of distances, the moment of encountering phenomena is witnessed within each person’ s individual perception. Such encounters are drawn by natural phenomena and our perceptions, so I would say they could be called drawings. These works show moments when I witnessed and generated new drawings.

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