Satoru Aoyama "Glitter Pieces #1-22"

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Aoyama was born in Tokyo in 1973 and graduated from the textile department of Goldsmiths College, London in 1998. He obtained a Master's from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001 and is currently based in Tokyo. Recent exhibitions include a solo show, "One in the Other" in London (2007), the traveling exhibition "Neoteny Japan - Takahashi Collection" and "The Echo" at ZAIM in Yokohama (2008). Aoyama also curated the group exhibition of British artists "Souvenir Mine" (2006).

His work is known for its delicate and meticulous embroidery created using an old Irish sewing machine, with images based on photos of everyday and familiar landscapes and objects carefully woven into an organdie. Through this process Aoyama seeks to alter the values or associated meanings behind his chosen subjects.

This exhibition entitled "Glitter Pieces #1-22" features 22 works woven out of black and metallic threads, using mainly images that Aoyama finds personally interesting taken from paper-based media. By breaking down the original color information found in his source images and using shiny threads, Aoyama eliminates the intentional messages that these images were originally intended to convey and transforms their surfaces into inorganic arrangements reminiscent of digital pixellation, while also imparting to these works a textural quality obtainable only through painstaking manual labor.

[Image: Satoru Aoyama, "Glitter Pieces #1" (2008), black and gold embroidery on polyester, 17.4x23.2cm]

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From 2009-03-11 To 2009-04-11

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Satoru Aoyama

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