Yotaro Niwa / æQuilīBriUM
UGM Studio, Trg Leona Štuklja 2
Opening: Friday, 25 September 2015, at 19:00
"Equilibrium is not a stationary state.
Equilibrium is the denouncement of the state of destruction.
Finding the right balance is an innate and final instinct within us.
Breaking that balance, therefore, is key in discovering something significant within us."
Yotaro Niwa finds his working material by accident, by paying attention to his environment and his instinct. He arranges found objects in sculptural compositions with the aim of finding balance in-between them. Variable reconfigurations and unexpected occurrences, their instability left ambiguous, form a network of relationships which attempt to confound the viewers’ expectations of order and harmony.
Yotaro Niwa was born in Hyogo, Japan in 1973. Niwa works with a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and interventions, and present them as spatial, temporary and site-specific installation. Niwa completed his MFA at the Mushashino Art University Tokyo before studying at Braunschweig University of Art, Germany. Niwa was awarded a scholarship by the Japanese Department of Art and Culture in 2009. Recent exhibitions include Solo Exhibition, 2014, Gallery 101 | VMU, Kaunas; Entangled, 2014, Vesselroom Project, Berlin; ABC Art Berlin Contemporary, 2012, Berlin; Pacific, 2011, Gallery Scion Installation, Los Angeles; Spring Exhibition, 2011, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Long Live Drawing2, 2010, Daejeon Art Center, Korea. He took part in several artist-in-residence programmes, such as Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2009, Gyeonggi Creation Center in 2012-13, and Fogo Island Arts in 2013/15.
Curated by: Jure Kirbiš