10:00am - 6:00pm, July 27 - September 16, 2013 / Admission Free

The 2013 theme for the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is that of "Exchange." "Exchange" is a word frequently used in everyday life in the literal sense of transferring goods or interacting with people. In AIR, artists come in contact gain new stimulation and venture to create new works in an "exchanged" environment. This environment is completely different from their own familiar atelier, from the size of the studio and the surrounding scenery to the tools at their disposal.
This exhibition will exhibit artists' productions created under the theme of exchange. Additionally, we took the word "transform," broke it down into its morphemes of "trans" and "form," and then rejoined the word to form "trans×form." "Trans" is a prefix which means to "surpass" or "convert" while "form" means "shape," "style," or "structure." By interchanging the different meanings of each morpheme, they can be interpreted in a variety of ways: to alter form, to transcend style, or to alter aspects, among other interpretations.
Artists carry out many exchanges and transformations throughout the production process. Not only do they convert the physical figures of material used in their works, but they also topple values and views attached to that object and can even transform the surrounding environment or scenery through their work. This exhibition focuses attention on the techniques and rules of each artist, who transform raw materials into works of art. While these four artists use commonplace objects seen in everyday life as materials in their works, they arm themselves with unique perspectives and groundbreaking methods of production which give a material or object new value by significantly altering its original form, appearance, or meaning. At times, these artists generate quality works with diverse interpretations by effortlessly diverging from even these methods of production. And those works pleasantly betray our images, prejudices, and preconceived notions of these materials and objects, stirring up new perceptions of the objects in the process.

By substituting their familiar surroundings for the completely foreign environment of Aomori, what will they discover and how will they be able to transcend already existing forms?


IWASAKI Takahiro


1975 Born in Hiroshima, Japan
1998 B.A. in fine arts, Hiroshima city university, Japan
2001 M.A. in fine arts, Hiroshima city university, Japan
2003 Ph.D. in fine arts, Hiroshima city university, Japan
2005 M.F.A., Edinburgh College of art (with distinction)

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2012 "Metaphrase Scenery" ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan
2011 "Nichtlokalität" Nassauischer Kunstverein-Wiesbaden, Germany
[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2013 "Welcome to The Small World!" Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
2012 "The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)" Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2011 "OUR MAGIC HOUR YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2011" Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
2009 "The Spectacle of the Everyday Xth Lyon Biennale" La Sucrière, Lyon, France
2009 "Kippo Maru: Exploring inside the Ship! -Hiroshima art project 2009-" Naka Waste Incineration Plant, Hiroshima, Japan

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IWASAKI gives original form to his materials through a succession of extremely precise, detailed processes. One example is his work which resembles a tower-like steel structure by unraveling thread from a towel. By transforming the weak threads of a towel into the image of a tough, tenacious steel structure, he invites us to modify our perceptions of delicacy and strength.

"REFLECTION MODEL (Perfect Bliss) "
150x280x194 cm, Japanese cypress / wire, 2010-2012
Collection of Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Courtesy of the artist and ARATANIURANO

"Out of Disorder (Futon)"
Dimensions Variable, Futon / hair, 2010
Courtesy of the artist and ARATANIURANO

YAGI Lyota


1980 Born in Ehime. Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan
2003 B.A. in Fine Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design
2012 Finished Ph.D. program without dissertation, Kyoto City University of Arts
2012 Lecturer in Spatial Design, Kyoto University of Art and Design

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2013 “Time Parallax” Mujin-to Production, Tokyo, Japan
2007 “criterium70 : Lyota Yagi” Art Tower Mito, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ibaraki, Japan
[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2012 “Takamatsu Contemporary Art Anuual” Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
2012 “Stepping Stone” Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
2012 “Tokyo Art Meeting (III) Art & Music —Search for New Synesthesia” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2012 “Pop Politics: Activism at 33 Revolutions” entro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
2011 “Yokohama Triennale 2011 OUR MAGIC HOUR” Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2011 “MOT Annual 2011 — Nearest Faraway” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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One of his first major works was the audiovisual treat titled Vinyl, in which a record made of ice was cast in a silicon model and played on a record player as the record's grooves melted away, resulting in gradual alterations to its sound. He gives shape to an unseen phenomenon and poetically expresses why the physical object we know as a record emits sound by explaining its basic mechanism.

ø:180mm / H:20mm, Record made of ice / Record player / Refrigerator, 2005
Photo: FUKUNAGA Kazuo
Courtesy of the artist and Mujin-to Production

"Sound Sphere"
Dimension variable, Cassette tape / Tape recorder, 2011
Photo: ATARASHI Ryota
Courtesy of the artist and Mujin-to Production

Manisha PAREKH


1964 Born in Gujarat, India. Lives and works in New Delhi, India.
1988 B.A. in Painting, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.
1990 M.A. in Painting, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.
1993 M.A. in Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2012 Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2011 Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore
2009 Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2013 "Panoplism" Nature Morte gallery, New Delhi, India
2011 "Serial Pursuit" Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany
2011 "Work on Paper" The Conerstone Gallery, Liverpool, Uk
2007 "Indian Color" Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001 "Three Contempory Painters" Bose Pacia Modern, New York, USA.
2000 Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba

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On the surface PAREKH's works appear suspended between the second and third dimensions, as if painted with a brush. However, upon closer inspection, one can discover the modest spatial effect created by layering materials, an effect entirely different from the touch of a paintbrush. Her unique 2D works appear three-dimensional by affixing layer upon layer of paper, each with a their own texture and color. As such, they possess both symbolic and abstract aspects and an organic sense of vitality.

30.5cm×30.5cm each (30 units), Jute, 2012

"Moment of nostalgia"
122x183cm, Handmade paper on board, 2013



1980 Born in Bangkok, Thairand.
2003 BA Interior Architecture, KMITL, Bangkok
2006 Foundation course in painting, sculpture, and photography, University of Oregon, USA
2007 MA Architecture, TuDelft, the Netherlands
2009 MFA, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2012 "Descriptive Geometry" Studio Miu, Bangkok, Thailand
2009 "Scale Inbetween" Vita Havet, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2013 "Lagom" RMA gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 "Design Plant2013" TIFF2013, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 "Politic of Me" Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2010 "Crafting Geography" BKK Arthouse, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 "Eco Narciso" Ecomuseums, Turin, Italy

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MANUPIPATPONG generates a unique scale of work between architecture and furniture. His objects and spaces resemble the shape of a house and evoke images of various human behavior. Sometimes they function as spacious architecture, and other times they take on a role similar to clothing which wraps around the body. It is possible to physically touch and experience the art of his installation spaces, which give rise to a diversity of actions and build a shared space.

"Shelter of nostalgia"
Pine timber, 2012
Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand

"Space in-between"
Pine timber, 2009
Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden


Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
Sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013
In cooperation with The Japan Foundation New Delhi, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, ARATANIURANO, Mujin-to Production, NATURE MORTE, AIRS