English / Japanese
May 28 Mon - June 24 Sun
Opening reception May 28 Mon 18:00-20:00
MISAKO & ROSEN is pleased announce ourexhibition with Naotaka Hiro gKnows Nothingh,May 28 to June 24. Hiro was borin Osaka in 1972. He received an undergraduate degree from UCLA, Los Angeles in 1997 and subsequently received an MFA from CALARTS. Since the 1990fs, Hiro has been based in Los Angeles.
g Knows Nothing h starts with the the artifsts body - and moves, more generally to the artist ghimselfh of which he is, essentialy, blind; the subject an unknown world. A depressing yet unavoidable fact for the artist is that this/his body is only understandable to himself when considered through the camera / mirror; i.e. in a mediated form.
Hiro created a past film work gRotating a Skullh in which he documented the process of ggetting to knowh a human skull through touching itfs various points,learning itfs texture, weight and gaining an understanding of itfs presence. Through this act, Hiro was also able to better comprhend himself in relation to these actions and this base object. In the present exhibition, Misako & Rosen will present a new film skull work in which Hiro attemps an experiment; a reanimation of the skull through the addition of flesh to the object. Where in Hirofs past work attention was focused on the skull surface and inside, the present work attempts an understanding of an absent, second layer - the flesh or skin. The exhibiton includes a photographic series, gMass on ith which considers the skull quantatativley as well as the film gSurace on ith which ultimately considers the skin, with the skull itself serving only as a pedestal or platform for further consideration of itfs second surface.
The exhibition also includes two recent photo-collage works from the series entitled gAss Fallh. Uknown as unseeable, the artistfs ass is photographed and imaginitavely combined with a mythical, fairytale-like image of a waterfall. In this work Hiro references an ancient Japanese story gA Record of Ancient Mattersh in which gthe word was made by godfs excrement, piss and vomith. Thus Hirofs works are connected through an imagination resulting from the his encounter and engagement wth the unknown.