DATES: Friday, Feb. 6th, 2009
TIME: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
LOCATION: Tokyo Electron Austin
ADDRESS: 2400 Grove Blvd (map)
ADMISSION: Free admission
- Takagi Masakatsu (Kyoto, Japan)
- Ryoichi Kurokawa (Tokyo, Japan)
- Yuki Kawamura (Paris, France)
- Corkey Sinks (Austin, TX)
- Sean Ripple (Austin, TX)
About the Exhibit
The Austin Museum of Digital Art has showcased a variety of international artists through its exhibits, performances, and screenings over the past eight years. Among this diverse collection of featured artists from around the world are a number of talented Asian artists. We were therefore excited to highlight their work when given the opportunity to partner with Tokyo Electron and Samsung to present an exhibit focusing on Asian and Austin artists. This exhibit celebrates the cultural ties between Austin and Asia, and thanks to the opening date, serves to commemorate the Asian New Year.
In addition to the geographical focus of this exhibit, we have also chosen to exclusively feature artists who work in the medium of video, animation, and motion graphics. However, despite being restricted to a specific medium, the pieces in this exhibit represent a wide array of artistic approaches and aesthetics. They range from abstract explorations of color, texture, and form to seemingly mundane depictions of everyday life. But the common thread that unites these artists and their thought-provoking work is a sense of the wonder and possibility within this exciting, relatively new medium of digital time-based art.
Takagi Masakatsu is a visual artist and musician who currently lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. He is a classically trained pianist who travels the world with his video camera in search of new visuals to accompany his music. Takagi finds the simple beauty in everyday scenes – water falling, children laughing, crowds shuffling, birds scattering, etc.
Mr. Masakatsu‘s work has been shown at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan), OFFF Festival (Spain), Museu de Arte Moderna De Sao Paulo (Brazil), RESFest 2006 (world tour), and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York). He has also presented live performances of his music and visual art at such noteworthy venues as The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Optronica Festival (London), and Sonar (Barcelona).
In 2003, Takagi provided live visual accompaniment for the world tour of legendary avant-garde musician David Sylvian (formerly of the pop group Japan). Collections of his music and visual art have been released on record labels such as Carpark (USA) and Karaoke Kalk (Berlin). In addition to presenting and performing his video installations, Takagi also produces music videos, and creates audio for
commercials and film.
Ryoichi Kurokawa is a Japanese audiovisual artist whose work includes screenings, recordings, installations and live performance. Kurokawa composes time based pieces using a combination of digitally generated elements and field recordings. Rather than viewing sound and imagery as separate entities, Kurokawa considers them as a single unit. Using this audiovisual language, he constructs computer based works that are both exquisite and precise, minimalist and complex.
Kurokawa has also provided live visual performance to accompany noteworthy musicians such as classical composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (formerly of the pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra). In recent years, he has been invited to participate in exhibitions, screenings, and audiovisual concerts at numerous international festivals and museums including the Tate Modern (UK), Ars Electronica (Austria), Shanghai eArts (China), Mutek (Canada), TodaysArt (Netherlands), and Sonar (Spain). With his unique artistic vision, Kurokawa continues to be an influential presence on the international stage.
Yuki Kawamura is a video artist who was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1979 and currently lives and works in Paris. Strongly influenced by Japanese culture, his work is characterized by its purist and minimalist approach that nevertheless comes across as both poetic and dreamlike. His videos feature fragile, fleeting images that explore ideas of memory, eternity, and unfading beauty.
After studying French at the Kyoto University of Languages, Kawamura continued his studies in film in Paris. Kawamura also creates performance art and is involved in the electronic music scene. In 2005, the DVD label Lowave released a collection of his video work titled Slide. Since 2005, he has continued to create numerous short videos, and has also produced three short films that demonstrate his interest in stories and in narrative film in general.
Corkey Sinks was born in Dallas, Texas in 1983. She received an integrated B.A. in Media Studies from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands, CA in 2005. Shortly after moving to Austin in 2006, she joined Okay Mountain, a local gallery known for presenting emerging artists from Austin and beyond. In 2007, she became a founding member of the multimedia collective Austin Video Bee.
Sinks works in a variety of media including textiles, video, animation, installation, performance, and drawing. Her work examines the way bits of information are transferred from source to source and the space that exists between sources. Sinks has shown her own work throughout Texas and California, and collaborative work with Okay Mountain internationally. She will have her first solo exhibition at MASS Gallery in Austin this June.
Sean Ripple is a multimedia artist and writer from Austin, Texas, whose work is largely impulsive and improvisational in nature. His pieces are characterized by a sense of urgency and restlessness, resulting in a raw, unfinished feel. Sean feels that this impatience with the creative process is an expression of indecisiveness and inadequacy in a world of ever-increasing choice and technological proficiency. His videos also comment on the trends of self-obsession and narcissism that he sees in pop culture, from YouTube videos to reality television.
Sean’s paintings, drawings, photographs, and videos have been exhibited at Arthouse, Gallery Lombardi, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Else Madsen Gallery, Okay Mountain, and streets and walls around the world, and may be seen on various websites, including Flickr and YouTube.
As a musician, Sean spent the last five years as the vibraphonist/percussionist for the iconic Austin indie-rock band The American Analog Set. Playing the drums since the age of 12, he will always tell you that he considers himself a drummer first and foremost.
Sean’s writings have been published by Siglamag.com, Getunderground.com, .410.com, and Penny Ante. A book of his short writings entitled, Episodic Attempts for Interim Respect was self-published and released in a limited run of 60 copies in March 2006. Sean is currently working on a BA in Art with a minor in Multimedia at St. Edward’s University.+ View Printed Program (PDF)
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Exhibition Series is focused on presenting digital art in a gallery setting. More info →