Yodogawa Technique

Statement

Yodogawa Technique is an artist name of Hideaki SHIBATA (born 1976, Okayama, Japan). It was originally founded as an artist group by Shibata and his school friend Kazuya MATSUNAGA (born 1977, Kumamoto, Japan) in 2003 at the river terrace of Yodogawa (Yodo river) in Osaka, Japan. Shibata now performs solely. Yodogawa Technique mainly uses garbage and floating objects that have drifted to the riverbank to create works. Its creations involve making beautiful models and sculptures that do not resemble its original form as garbage. "Chinu, the Black Sea Bream of Uno", one of their public art works (Uno port, Okayama, Japan) is well known to the public. Yodogawa Technique is also renowned for "Gomunication" which derives from the word "gomi" (garbage in Japanese) and communication. Based on this concept, Yodo-Tech has been creating works in various places all over the world, interacting with locals and doing community projects. Its way of communicating through art always brings a new perspective for locals and raises awareness for environmental issues. The exhibitions participated include the Busan Biennale 2006 (Korea), the “KITA!!” contemporary Japanese art exhibition (Indonesia in 2008), “TWINISM” exchange exhibition between Osaka and Hamburg (Germany and Japan in 2009), "the Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary art exhibition " (Maldives in 2012), “Kunst&Byrum Helsingør 2014 The life in the Sound” (Denmark) and many more. In 2011, Yodogawa Technique worked on the reconstruction support project for Wakabayashi area in Sendai, Japan, where devastating tsunami attacked, by creating an art work using affected windbreak forests there. Received Silver prize at GEISAI #5, the Grand Prix at the Kirin Art Project 2005 and “Sakuya Konohana Award” in 2009.

Works

BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Hideaki SHIBATA

1976
Born in Okayama, Japan
1998
Graduated from Osaka Bunka Fashion college, Osaka, Japan
2003
Founded YODOGAWA TECHNIQUE with his school friend Kazuya MATSUNAGA (born 1977, Kumamoto, Japan).

EXHIBITIONS & ART FAIRS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
"Yodogawa Technique Gommunication in Kumamoto!!",Contemporary Art Museum,Kumamoto,Japan
2013
"Arts eat the garbage of desert island!?",Tomonotsu Museum,Hiroshima,Japan
2012
“Hayaku Gomi ni naritai. (I want to become garbage asap.)”, ART ZONE, Kyoto, Japan
"Project in PROJECTS", Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2008
“Diamond Dust”, YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan
2006
“Art’s Gigolo”, Kurage bunko, Osaka, Japan
2004
“Rubbish made in Yodogawa”, Yodogawa citizen’s art gallery in Yodogawa government Office, Osaka, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
“Eyes & Curiosity―anomaly”,Mizuma Art Gallery,Tokyo,Japan
2015
"Your shoes become fish!",Active G,Gifu,Japan
"Garbage can light 2!",Nakanosshima Plaza,Osaka,Japan
"Symphony of lives", Koyasan Kongobuji Temple,Wakayama,Japan
"Rokko Meets Art 2015",Hyogo,Japan
"Further toward the future",Mizuma Gallery Singapore,Singapore
"Noseden art line project 2015 Myoko-no-mori",Hyogo,Japan
"Sumo Alone",Tokyo Wonder Sute Hongo,Japan (Shibata)
“Let's make animals with Yodoawa Technique”, Global Enviroment Forum Kansai, Osaka,Japan
2014
“Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art” ,The National Museum of Osaka, Japan
“Sweet Paradox”, Mizuma Gallery Singapore, Singapore
“Very Fun Park 2014”, Song Shang Cultural Park, Taipei, Taiwan
“Kunst&Byrum Helsingør 2014 The life in the Sound”,Helsingør, Denmark
"Exhibition by nominated artists for Okayama Prefectural Mr.I Development of Rising Artists",Okayama,Japan
“Arts eat the garbage of desert island!?”,Bora Gallery,Fukuyama,Japan
“Yodogawa Technique's workshop and its movie”, Aeon cinema Takanohara, Kyoto, Japan
“Art Kitty Parade”, Umekita Square, Grand front Osaka, Osaka,Japan“
“Kyoto International Movie Festival”, Moto Rissei Elememtary school, Kyoto, Japan
“Seitoku AIR”, Seitoku Elementary School, Tottori, Japan(Shibata)
"Mottainai forum in Maniwa",Tottori,Japan
"Garbage can light!",Nakanosshima Plaza,Osaka,Japan
2013
"MOT collection",Museum of Contemporary Art,Tokyo,Japan
"Minato-no monogatari,Sakuya Konohana award winners in Japan and emerging French artists exhibition",Creative centre Osaka,Japan
"Recover and rebuild Japanese art and design: Monster exhibition",Tokyo,Japan and NYC,USA
"Shinsekai,Gomi Gomi camp",Tsumutenkaku,Osaka,Japan
"Art link project",Nara,Japan (Shibata)
2012
“Breathing Atolls”, The National Art Gallery of the Maldives, Male, Maldives
"“Homecoming Exhibition of Breathing Atolls” spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
"“Recycle Recital”, Art Brut Tomonotsu Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
"“Osaka Canvas Project”, around Osaka, Osaka, Japan
2011
Asuka Art Project 2011 “ASUKA, Time Travel”, Asuka Historical National Government Park/ Takamatsuzuka area, Asuka Village, Nara, Japan
"TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2011 “Elpis – Sky of Hope”, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
"“ECO ART FESTA 2011”, Tempozan Harbor Village area, Osaka, Japan
"“OROSHIMACHI ART FESTA.2011”, Wakabayashi area, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
"“Haut. Mythos und Medium”, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
"“Osaka Canvas Project”, around Osaka, Osaka, Japan
"YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY’s 3rd year anniversary exhibition vol.2 “Garbage, IT and Me”, YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan
2010
"ECO ART FESTA 2010", Tempozan Harbor Village area, Osaka, Japan
"“Sakuya Konohana Art Festival 2010”, Osaka City Central Public Hall, Osaka, Japan
"35th Years Anniversary Exhibition "Animals in Contemporary Art", Amagasaki Cultural Center, Hyogo, Japan
"Setouchi International Art Festival 2010", Takamatsu and the 7 Islands, Kagawa and Okayama, Japan
"KOBE MOSAIC 2010 Spring Art Festa", Kobe Mosaic, Kobe Harborland, Hyogo, Japan
2009
"ECO ART FESTA 2009", Osaka Bay area, Osaka, Japan
“AQUA METROPOLIS OSAKA 2009”, Nakannoshima area, Osaka, Japan
“Is this waste? Art drifting over borders. Waste floating in society.”, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
“TWINISM”, AD&A gallery, Osaka, Japan
“TWINISM”, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
“LIGHT TRANSIENCE”, Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto, Japan
Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2009 “Mixed Bathing World”, Beppu City, Oita, Japan
“Meiko Museum Town”, Nagoya Port and Tsukiji Shopping Street, Nagoya, Japan
“The 12th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
2008
“ECO ART FESTA 2008”, Tempozan Harbor Village area, Osaka, Japan
“TOMONI IKIRU -Desire, Contradiction, Creation- ~City, Nature, Human, Food, Media~”, Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
“ECO Ennichi 2008”, Osaka City Environment Centre area, Osaka, Japan
“KITA!! Japanese Artists Meet Indonesia”, Jogja National Museum, Indonesia
2007
“Kozokunosato Art Project”, Katata, Otsu City area, Shiga, Japan
“ECO ART FESTA 2007”, Tempozan Harbor Village area, Osaka, Japan
“Yodogawa proverb Dojo”, Nakatsu art cocktail, Osaka, Japan
“Yodo collection 08”, Space Sou, Osaka, Japan
“So many men, so many minds by YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARIES”, GalleryES, Tokyo, Japan
“Views of Water-From Monet and Taikan to the present”, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
Kyu nakakojo art project “My garden and everybody’s garden”, Hiroshima, Japan
“Otete tsunaide”, Garougarou, Kanagawa, Japan
2006
“Digital Art festival Tokyo2006”, Panasonic center, Tokyo, Japan
“Toride art project”, Ibaraki, Japan
“Busan Biennale”, Busan, Korea
“SCOUTED!”, Gallery ES , Tokyo, Japan
“Digital stadium”, NHK BS2 (on TV)
“Human robot project”, Nakatsu art cocktail, Osaka, Japan
2005
“KIRIN art project 2005”, KPO KIRIN plaza, Osaka, Japan
“KIRIN art project 2005”, Tamada project art space, Tokyo, Japan
“ARTBEAT KYOTO 2005”, Kyoto, Japan
2003
“Yodogawa festival”, Osaka, Japan

Selected Art Fairs

2017
Art Stage Singapore,Singapore
2015
Bazaar Art Jakarta 2015,Indonesia
2014
Singapore Art Fair,Singapore
2013
Sniff Out,Osaka,Japan
2012
Art Fair Tokyo 2012, Tokyo, Japan
ART KYOTO, Kyoto, Japan
ART OSAKA, Osaka, Japan
2011
ASIA TOP GALLERY HOTEL ART FAIR HONG KONG, Hong Kong
2010
KIAF, Korea International Art Fair 2010, Seoul, Korea
Art Fair Tokyo 2010, Tokyo, Japan
ASIA TOP GALLERY HOTEL ART FAIR HONG KONG, Hong Kong
2009
EMERGING DIRECTORS‘ ART FAIR ULTRA 002, Tokyo, Japan
ART TAIPEI 2009, Taipei, Taiwan
2008
Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair 2008, Tokyo, Japan
2007
ART@AGNES 2007, Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS

Selected Awards

2012
"SUSTAIN sculpture commission for LDN's Chinatown”, shortlisted prize, London, UK
2009
"Sakuya Konohana Award 2009"
The 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art
2006
“GEISAI#9”, 3 scouted awards (including by yukari-art Inc.,)
2005
“KIRIN art project”, The first prize (sponsored by KIRIN, the biggest beverages Company in Japan)
2004
“GEISAI#5”, Silver medal
2003
“GEISAI#4”, Mainichi news paper award (SHIBATA)
“GEISAI#3”, Tokyo FM award (SHIBATA)

COLLECTION

Public Collection

Yogya National Museum (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION (Tokyo, Japan)
Uno Port (Okayama, Japan)
Uji island(Fukuyama,Japan)
The National Museum of Art,Osaka(Osaka,Japan)
Kitakagaya Minna nouen(Osaka,Japan)

Publications

"Yodo Book", Art Zone × Yodogawa Technique,Art Zone
"Chugaku Bijyutsu", school text book for Japanese junior high school students,Nihon Bunkyou Shuppan
"Zuga kosaku 1,2", school text book for Japanese Year 1 and 2 students,Kairyudou Shuppan
"Journey×Art", Cover photo, Media pal
"Monthly the Waste", Cover photo of issue April 2015 thru March 2016 (Except issue October 2015)
One of stamp designs of "The commemorative stamps of Setouchi Art Triennnale 2013",Japan post
"Musica Piccolino",Studio art design for Japanese kids TV music program,NHK E Television(2015,2016)

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