ARTIST Kurashiki Aya
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1993. Currently based in Tokyo and Kyoto. Kurashiki has consistently thought about the distance from others as humans are completely cut off and isolated by the material wall of the body or the categorization that comes with it. In his works, he works with multiple media such as performances and installations, with a focus on two-dimensional works using transfer techniques, and attempts to explore close communication and coexistence with others, as well as fusion. For example, in response to the divisions that arise because we have separate bodies, I create pieces that even out the differences even a little, and aim for coexistence in the real world. Or, as its ultimate form, it is an act of production that aims for nirvana, where each individual being is freed from the body and exists as an individual, yet blends into and becomes one with the whole. Or, as a countermeasure to loneliness, the act of creating a temporary (or assumed) close relationship by interposing the work in some way between the viewer and himself.
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1993. Currently based in Tokyo and Kyoto. Kurashiki has consistently considered the distance between himself and others in the solitary existence of human beings absolutely cut off by the material wall of the body, or the categorization attached to it. In his works, Kurashiki deals with multiple media such as performance and installation, mainly two-dimensional works using transfer techniques, and attempts to communicate closely with others, seek coexistence, or fuse with others. For example, he creates works in order to even out the divide created by the fact that we have separate bodies, and to coexist with others in the real world. Or, as the ultimate form of such an act, production as an act of aiming for nirvana, in which each being is freed from its body, and while existing as an individual, blends into the whole and becomes one with the whole. Or, as a countermeasure to loneliness, the act of weaving a temporary (assumed) close relationship between the viewer and oneself by somehow inserting the work between them.
Major awards include the Akira Asada Award “SPART 2017” (2017), the selected “Shell Art Award 2020” (2020), the Associate Artist “VIVA AWARD 2021” (2021), and the Grand Prix “WATOWA ART AWARD” (2021).
Major solo exhibitions include "BnA_WALL 3rd Mural A~ya Kurashiki Solo exhibition" (BnA_WALL Art Hotel in Tokyo / Tokyo / 2021), "There is no poetry there. It is not poetry." (myheirloom / Tokyo / 2021), "Shallow "Suddenly changing in the real world" (Wada Gallery/Tokyo/2022), etc.
Major group exhibitions include "((((," (Komagome Soko/Tokyo/2022), "The ghost in the room" (TENSHADAI/Kyoto/2022), "Idemitsu Art Award (formerly Shell Award) Artist Selection" (The National Art Center, Tokyo/2022) etc.
He is expanding his presentation opportunities by participating in domestic art fairs such as "Artists' fair kyoto2022" (Kyoto Shimbunsha/Kyoto/2022) and "ART MARKET TENNOZ2023" (WHAT CAFE/Tokyo/2023).