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Hiroo Shinozuka  
Conceptual | Contemporary | Photography   (NSW)

Hiroo Shinozuka is a contemporary artist who bases his work on photographic images. He was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and currently study Bachelor of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

He creates imageries influenced by his surroundings but not directly derived from the environment. His art practice explores universal questions at the intersection of life, culture, death, reality and technology. Using a various range of media, including photography, moving image, installation and Japanese traditional art technique, Hiroo attempts to capture formless objects such as light, water and mood. He presents his audience with a new way of looking at the banal things around us and offers a different angle on artificial essentials in the world.

His recent work, “Mono No Aware” presents the emotion of encountering the cycles of human life, such as the changing seasons. Historically, it has been associated with a refined sensitivity toward the sorrowful and transient nature of beauty, and considered central to the Japanese psyche. In 2011, Japan was rocked by a huge earthquake, triggering a tsunami in the country’s north. The giant waves deluged cities and rural areas alike, sweeping away cars, homes and buildings, and leaving a path of death and devastation in its wake. In the face of nature’s overwhelming destruction, the Japanese people felt a sense of powerlessness.

Hiroo’s work is a reflection on the events surrounding the earthquake and tsunami. The work consists of eleven plates. These include a plate damaged during the earthquake. All the broken plates have been repaired with a traditional Japanese technique, “Kintsugi”. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object. Rather than disguise the damage, it seeks to visibly incorporate the repair into a new piece.

Website: http://www.hiroo-shinozuka.com/
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