Our experience of the world around us is increasingly mediated by technology, full of promise and limitations. As we embrace the newness, convenience, and speed of the modern world, what are we compromising? What are we forgetting? What are we failing to observe? What are we learning? What is the effect of technology on nature, on human nature?
In my work, I seek to present a pause for self-reflection, to stimulate thought, and to encourage observation. I view my work as planting a seed. Whether or not the seed blossoms depends entirely upon the viewer. For some, it may flower immediately; for others, it may lie dormant for some time before springing to life; for still others, it may never blossom.
My work is only fully realized through the interaction of the viewer — with the work, with others in the space and through the thoughts the work may provoke, the memories it may recall. My hope is to provide an experience that brings the viewer to questions, furthers their own spirit of inquiry, engages their curiosity, makes them imagine.
y is a Japanese artist and designer. In his work, y seeks to present an opportunity for self-reflection, to stimulate thought, and to encourage observation. He employs a wide range of media and methods to turn the viewers’ gaze inward as they navigate throughout the unfamiliar. His interest and investigation recurrently deal with the influence of technology on our experience of the world around us. His work has been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2004, his innate interest in function and form, conjoined with his investigation, has led him to pursue custom furniture design and fabrication.
y holds a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently, he completed a certificate on Design Leadership for Business from the New School, Parsons School of Design.
y lives in New York and works primarily in New Jersey and New York.
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