Once the work goes out of my studio, it finds new contexts and meanings
in viewers’ minds. It’s fascinating to hear what they see. Last March, I
enjoyed an architect, Saurabh Vaidya’s blog post that showed the work
through his rich, investigative mind. He just posted his second entry on
the work. Here are his 1st and the 2nd entry posted back to back:
I came across works by two very interesting artists last week,
Nicolas Moulin who envisages ruins of mega monolithic concrete
blocks in a deserted landscape while the other being Hiroyuki Hamada
who designs comparatively small, vaguely futurist looking monoliths.
(Some of the many Hiroyuki’s tablets that could easily come to be a parts of totem pole
of a dystopian space age civilization, whose technological advancement has come at
the price of erosion of memory of history and language…where technology is god.
Images sourced from: http://acidolatte.blogspot.com/2010/02/hiroyuki-hamada.html?zx=883872d53fad4dd5)
Hiroyuki’s artifacts that seem to draw semantic nourishment from manga,
minimalism, space debris, Japanese Zen, Buddhism, God particles,
Shivalingam, crustaceans, Mars and brush by closely to Nicolas’s Béton
Brut work that sends roots to Normandy Bunkers, Corbusier, Oplismeno
skirodema, Berlin Wall, Moai, Rosetta stone, Noah’s Arc etc according
to me are not thriving on but are just the opposite. They are soil samples
of the very ground that anchors the tree of Being, from where all these
(Images of Nicolas Moulin’s collages sourced from Vulgare one can also find an online
blog recording by the artist and Amanda Crawley Jackson called Beton brut)
The ability of both these artist to have art works that spread roots
through history and simultaneously come across as being so basic
that it forms a part of Lebenswelt, the very ground of universality
which anchors the roots of metaphysics, to be understood in equal
ways by every member of the human race is according to me the
true essence of their work.
Scale, texture and form, that is all to it, as wise old university
stalwarts would put it, which according to me has more truth to it
than the combined cacophony that we seem to have inherited from
the circus that was post modernism and these two artists working
independently in different circles and continents seem to echo just
that. The simplicity of works is refreshing and it just looks very
Here is his second post:
During my early days in architecture all of us during a brief phase
had taken to worshipping Tadao Ando, which secretly we still do in
some obscure corner of naivety unpolluted by the realisation that
it cannot be that simple, life is far more complicated, filled with
contradictions that need to be represented in our spaces, objects,
skews and corners. Ando had been popular for quite sometime
then but it was during my first year in Architecture that he built
Church of the Light a building that worshipped space, made
concrete an inch more beautiful than what the modernist had left it
as and we drooled.
It is this rich simplicity that draws me to Hiroyuki’s work of which I
have written before. Hiroyuki will be exhibiting three new pieces in
his next show at Art Sites, a gallery in Riverhead, NY. If you are
the lucky few around do visit…I personally would like to see the
scale of these objects…and if they open up like loosely held 3d
jigsaw puzzles, or do they crack like egg shells, are they hollow
or filled with a heavy fluid, is there a temperature difference in the
blacks and whites, browns and greys…I guess I will definitely be
banned from entering the gallery or his workshop!
I hope the art work sells and and pray definitely not to clients who
would use it as bourgeoisie conversational props with their boring
guests in plush living rooms with matching minimal aesthetics.
I got the idea for #56 a long while ago. It must have been a little after the year
2000 or so. The image kept coming up in my sketch books repeatedly but I didn’t
start working on it till 2005. Initially, I imagined it to be a simple, but
confrontational piece with a clean, sort of lofty presence like that of #37.
But for the past few years, I’ve been really craving to see a bit more emotional,
rough, and dynamic dimension in the work. And here, I’m not talking about the
basic nature of the work that determines what the essence of it is, but I’m talking
more about the window of how the work can be: Sort of like playing the same song
differently perhaps. It must be that there is some sort of expressionistic streak in
me and perhaps that’s guiding the work to go that way right now.
I keep finding out that being 42 years old with a wife and two small boys (well two
dogs too) is nothing I have expected. Actually, 10 years ago, I had no idea that
this would be the picture I would be in. I just wanted to be with then-my-girl-friend-now-my-wife
and I simply followed her to live with her. I bet my wife knew though… Anyway,
it’s amazing to see life through kids’ eyes, keeping up with their energy, trying to
be patient in a group setting, and just trying to balance the time I spend in the
house and in the studio. It’s very, very challenging, exciting, and I should
say that it’s a life on the edge! I thought growing up as a teenager was tough
but growing up as a parent and husband, I mean just as a man can be a time
with lots of dramas and turmoils.
So getting back to talking about #56, I wanted the piece to go through a bit
more, like I’ve been going through. I think I am very comfortable with how
it looks now. And I hope you enjoy it too.
Here are a few of the images. You can find the full set (8 views with large view
option) at the main part of the site. At the page, please click on #56 at the bottom
bar to go to the #56 menu page. It does take a bit to load, please be patient. If you
have been to the site lately, you might have to clear the cache of the browser to see
the new addition.
The town of Riverhead is located at the northern part of eastern Long Island,
NY. It’s a rather big town for the area with its set of county buildings. It can
also be beautiful with the river going nearby and it’s got an aquarium
(Atlantis Marine World) where I take my kids. The town is not fancy at all like
some of the summer spots in the Hamptons. It’s sort of rustic, can be seedy,
sort of reminds me of towns I’ve seen in Weird NJ. OK, it’s sort of weird and
it’s been making me want to find out more about its curious nature. It’s an
intriguing place where I would want to walk around with my camera. In short,
I like the town.
The gallery is run by an architect couple, Glynis Berry and Hideaki Ariizumi,
who converted a Jeep dealer building, basically with their bare hands into
three gallery rooms and their architect office. The ground also includes a
park-like outdoor exhibition area facing the river. It’s very nice. In addition
to their regular gallery schedules, they’ve been opening the space for various
community activities, and this year they had their 2nd annual Peconic River
Festival. And this is not their first gallery space. They have a quite followings
since their Greenport gallery era (Their first gallery space was located in the town
of Greenport where they still reside). They’ve been known in the area to put up
solid shows. It’s really generous of Glynis and Hideaki to let me be part of their
programing. Thank you so much.
I’ve been looking forward to seeing how my work will interact with their rooms
(101, 101 and 102A). Also, I’m excited to show three new works which I’ve been
working on for the past years. One of them (#63) appears in the announcement
above. More images of #63 along with images of #56 and #69 will be added shortly
to the main part of the site. The show will likely include over 10 pieces and I will
post details as we get closer to the opening.
Here is an excerpt from Art Sites’ press release:
Hiroyuki Hamada’s works are monumental in impact, but built with delicacy.
They are filled with an unknown spirit. There is no direct reference, but one can
read the mysteries of the ancients or the mapping of a digital age in their rich
surfaces. The forms hold space, rather than make it. Tension pervades, as each
mark and tone tell a story of perfection, balance and upset. Hamada spends up
to three years creating the sculptures, as he applies plaster over burlap and
wooden forms. He then shapes and stains them with wax, resin, and paint.
Hamada, at 18, moved from Tokyo to West Virginia, due to his father’s
involvement with the steel industry. Culture shock, language challenges,
and minority status were exacerbated by the parallel shift from an urban
to a rural lifestyle. In college, after starting in psychology, Hamada
became more enamored of art, especially after being exposed to the work
of Karl Jacobson. With a M.F.A. from the University of Maryland,
Hamada’s art transitioned from emotionally generated art, to a
fascination with the abstract, especially the interaction between
lines, colors, tones, and shapes in three dimensions.
Hiroyuki Hamada has developed his work with the support of the
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, residencies at the Fine Arts Works
Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for creative
Artists, and the Edward Albee Foundation, and more recently, a
grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts.
Join Aureus Contemporary at Aspen’s First Ever Fine Art Fair
for Important Post War and Contemporary Art. Never before has
there been an opportunity for art dealers and collectors to come
together and buy/sell fine art in this chic mountain community.
Limited in size to just 30 select galleries, this intimate,
world-class setting is a fun, manageable and rare art buying
experience. Aureus will be presenting new works by Sara Carter,
Karim Hamid, Hiroyuki Hamada and Yi-Hsin Tzeng.
Thursday, August 5, 5pm – 8pm (Opening Preview Party)
Friday, August 6, 12:30pm – 6pm
Saturday, August 7, 11am – 6pm
Sunday, August 8, 11am – 6pm
Aspen Ice Garden
233 West Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611-1752
Five pieces (#47, #48, #42, #43 and #37) got new sets of images with large view
options. 22 images have been added to them. I hope you have a large screen to
view them. To see them, go to the main part of the site and click on the pieces
at the bottom bar. Please be patient it might take a bit to load.
An Amsterdam based magazine Creatie has a visual essay by Mischa Rozema
of PostPanic that makes you look at my work from a refreshing perspective.
While I couldn’t fully get the text part since the magazine is in Dutch, the
pictures tell the story very well. To me the essay focuses on how we are as a
peculiar specie on the planet that can see who we are and tries to shape who
we are. The essay tells our excitements, uncertainties, oddities and triumphs
in the process. It’s always refreshing and enjoyable to see someone coming
up with a solid theme out of my non-referential work. Thank you Mischa.
To see the essay, please go to main part of my site, click PRESS. It should appear in
the list as “A Visual Essay by Mischa Rozema”.
Three other artists who appear in the essay are exceptional. Here are some other
works by them which do not appear in the essay. Hope you visit their sites for more.
For the past weeks, I’ve been adding extra images to the pieces at the
SCULPTURE section of the site. They can be clicked for large views.
I’m hoping that you will have a better sense of what the work looks like
with the additions. So far #51, #54, #55, #59, #52, #60, #61, #64, #49,
#50, #44, #45 and #46 have been updated. More pieces will follow…