IHARA Koro

IHARA Koro

update: 2019.3.13

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Graduated from M.F.A in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are
-"TRASMUTAZIONI", group, Galleria d'arte FABER, Rome, 2018 -"die-dye-red", Solo, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Aoyama, 2017
-"BankART LIfe 5-Kanko", group, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, 2017
-"Gunma Young Biennale 2017", group, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Takasaki, 2017
-"tracking traces" Solo, Tennozu Central Tower Art Hall, Tennozu, 2016 Other activities (including awards received) are
-The 20th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award "Okamoto Toshiko Prize", 2017
-"Geidai-Art Emerald Prize", 2017
-"TOKYO WONDER WALL2016 Prize", 2016

1988 Born in Osaka, Japan.
2011 B.F.A in Sculpture, Tama Art University.
2013 M.F.A in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts.
2017-18 recipient of Pola Foundation oversea research fellowship (Stay in Italy.)
2016"TOKYO WONDER WALL2016 Prize".
2017 The 20th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award "Okamoto Toshiko Prize".

About works / performance

I have searched the by-products and traces of living creatures, and multiplied them by traditional sculptural techniques to create some new meanings. To be precise, I have produced a series of works putting together the animals’ excrements into the shape of their originals by coating with Urushi. I’m also working on a series of projects of doing pottery by burning in a kiln the swallow’s nest or earthworm castings made of town soil. These materials seem to be worthless or easily discarded, but they show vividly the proof that living things are alive. In addition, the shape of these art works represents the inevitability and scale of the living creatures. I’d like to create a universal sculpture by combining these vivid materials with the traditional technique and the expensive materials used in the craftwork. Website

wormed - in Italy, 2018, dimensions variable / terracotta or object by worms, gold glazing

nested, 2017, each size H15×W10×D10 / burned swallow's nest, urushi, Golden joinery

cycling, 2016-17, dimensions variable /Animal's droppings, urushi, linen

die-dye-red, 2017, dimensions variable /dog's dropping with red urushi,carmine[red dyestuffs],shellac[red dyestuffs], etc.

feeding, 2016-17, dimensions variable /Aluminium(cast-burned pet foods)

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