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Kakeru Asai

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Kakeru Asai is an artist whose investigations and activities are to cover a lot of ground, Sculpture, Painting Drawing and Installation works. He has moved his activity base to NYC since September 2007. And he enrolled to Art Students League of NY 2009. It was because, when he was about high school student, he watched a documentary film about Yasuo Kuniyoshi on TV program. He discovered the existence of the school in the film. Since that day, he has started to make connections with artists who have careers in NYC. And started to be active as an artist himself in Japan.

His activity base is now in Bushwick area in Brooklyn, and being active making collaborative art with artists living in same area.

When busy recording the dairy of living, we see singular aspects of the mirror that may only result as surface and visual.

I want you to imagine a scenario in which, spread inside of the mirror, closely resembles the inner world of an aquarium.

There are various life forms which show us rich colors and faces with these windows. It is, however, solely you who is in the mirror.

In this space, it may be your friends; it may be people whose names you do not know.

It may be just a vision of a social community surrounds us.

As is often told, the origin of life was born from ocean. Since then, tiny species like microorganisms or even single cells had to coexist with others. Even the relationship between single cells need to thrive in order to survive this world.

A lingering question: can’t we see the origin of community within human beings in this micro-world?

When you stand in front of mirror, you are placed between two worlds – each of which resemble each other.

The vision of you and your world appears outside of the mirror.

The vision of primitive memory appears inside of the mirror.

Your viewpoint as a viewer becomes a door, which connects one’s inner and outer side.

When we stare fixated at the origin of life and community, we realize that we are kept alive by nature and by our role in the community.

I am asking myself habitually: what is my role in the community, when facing the content of my work?

Representing gallery
Leg Room
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery

Art Students League of New York/2013/certificate