Akihisa Hirata "Flame Frame"
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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition with Akihisa Hirata. Born in Osaka (1971), Hirata completed the postgraduate course at the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University in 1997, after which he worked at Toyo Ito's architecture office from 1997-2005. Under Ito, Hirata worked on projects including the Sendai Mediatheque (execution design), Miyagi; Aluminum House in Sakurajosui, Tokyo; "Forum for Music, Dance and Visual Culture", Gent and TOD’S Omotesando Building, Tokyo. In 2005, Hiratata established Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office in Tokyo.
Hirata has received a number of awards including the Asakura Award of SD Review 2004 for House H, the SD Review Award finalist for House S, and the 19th JIA New Face Award 2007 for Masuya.
In 2007, Hirata launched the Daikanyama Market Street "Sarugaku" project (Daikanyama, Tokyo) and participated that year in the 1st Lisbon Architecture Triennale. In 2008, Hirata presented "Ienoie" (Information Center of the Yokohama Triennale) and exhibited a chair, "Csh," at the Frieze Art Fair (London). At the Milano Salone 2009, he presented his most recent work "Animated Knot", a projection screen constructed out of three-dimensional forms. His works have been well received both within Japan and abroad.
We are pleased to present Hirata's new work entitled "Flame Frame". The piece will be displayed within the gallery office space until the end of 2009.
The principle of Hirata`s work is a closeness to nature and its various functions. "While people enjoy themselves under a tree, this tree ruthlessly carries on with photosynthesis. It spreads its leaves with highest efficiency to live and is not thinking about human beings. If we would implement this independent principle of existence into architecture, I think it would have marvelous persuasive power on people," says Hirata.
Interpreting the mystery of life and the origin of architecture as being connected with dots that are generated from certain theories, Hirata seeks new possibilities for architecture, which he believes will be decided by the struggle between inside and outside: when creating spaces his motif is "the principal of nature" - the roof is inspired by the mountains and valleys that are formed by running water, the walls and floors inside a building by rising smoke and the cellular structure of growing plants.
-Cross Talk by Ryue Nishizawa + Akihisa Hirata + Sosuke Fujimoto
Date & Time: August 25th (Tue) 19:00-
Moderator: Ryuji Fujimura
Location: Taka Ishii Gallery
Capacity: 60 persons
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[Image: "Flame Frame" (2008) aluminum, dimension variable Courtesy of Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office]
From 2009-08-01 To 2009-12-31
Opening Reception on 2009-08-01 from 18:00 to 20:00