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  • “Galaxy Wash”, 2008 HDV 14’ 34” Single channel video with sound

  • “The White building washing” 2012 3ch synchronized Full HD video with sound, 11′ 40″

  • “Dancing Cleansing”, 2010 HDV 10’ 00” Single channel video with sound

  • “Untitled (On the carpet)”, 2007 600mm X 450mm Lumda print Tehran, Iran

  • “Polishing Housing” Installation view, 2009 W4.5m X D7m X H5.3m Woods, Plasterborad, Aluminium, Glass, Other Alternative gallery monne porte, Nagasaki

  • “White porcelain bottle” installation view at TSCA, 2011

Profile

2009 Received Ph.D. in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts,
1975 Born in Kyoto, Japan

Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ”Perspective of Familiarity”, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"Tokedasu (Starting to Melt)", Saga Saiko Festival 2017, gallery circlo, Saga, Japan
2016 "A Prisoner of HabitーStaring, Reproduction, Sucking the Thumb", Akita University of Art, BIYONG POINT Gallery, Akita, Japan
"Mawaridasu (Beginning to Turn)", Saga Saiko Festival 2016, gallery circlo, Saga, Japan
2015 "A Prisoner of HabitーDance, Eat, Defecate", Akita University of Art, BIYONG POINT Gallery, Akita, Japan
"Passed Places, Passed Things", Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2012 "What happened on the pool ?", Asagaya, Tokyo
2011 “Mutation at the dead end”, 3331 Gallery, Tokyo
“Slow, Down.”, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
“Dancing Cleansing”, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2010 “Park Cleansing”, Château Koganei, Tokyo
"The M.I.X. ‒ All clean/ever dirty", Treasure hill artist village, Taipei
2009 “Clean up 1.2.3.”, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
“Polishing Housing”, monné porte, Nagasaki, Japan
2008 “Cleaner’s high #1”, Otto Mainzheim Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2017 REBORN ART FESTIVAL 2017, Miyagi
2014 "Asia Anarchy Alliance", Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
"3331 Art fair", 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
"Backyard stories 2014", Batumi, Georgia
2013 "Am I you?", G. Leonidze Museum of Georgian Literature, Georgia
"Now Japan", Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands
"NEEDLESS CLEANU", Meet Factory, Prague
"Maintenance Required", The Kitchen, New York
"ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013", 7-7-16 Roppongi, Tokyo
2012 "Tokyo Story 2011", Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
"White Night" A.I.R. Cambodia, Phnom Penh
2011 "Artisterium 2011 -Free fall-", Tbilisi, Georgia
"Drop me! C.P.U.E.2011" nitehi works, Yokohama, Japan
"TERATOTERA Festival -POST-", Tokyo
"On the agenda of the Arts -Where do we go from here?-" Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
"Home, Sweet home" Tama Art University, Tokyo
"Tokyo story 2010" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2010 "Spontaneous Order" Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"How to invert urbanism" Asahi Art Square, Tokyo
"Koza Crossing 2010" Koza-Gintengai, Okinawa, Japan
2009 "Re: Membering. Next of Japan" LOOP / Doosan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
"Memory / State" Museum of Jiangxi Normal University, China
"Dream of midsummer" Chinzan-so, Tokyo
"Hiroshima Art Project [KIPPOUMARU]", Hiroshima, Japan
"Koza Crossing 2009" Koza-Gintengai, Okinawa, Japan
2008 "A multi-faced mirrer" Japan Homes model house space, Tokyo
"Doctoral final exhibition" The University Art Museum, Tokyo
“Wanakio 2008” Naha, Okinawa, Japan
2007 "Double Cast" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2006 "SWITCH" Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan
2005 "The Road not Taken '05" Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, Japan
"Voice of site" Visual arts gallery, New York
"Sustainable art project 2005", Tokyo
2004 "Graduation works show", Tokyo
"S.I.C.E 2004", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Voice of Site", Tokyo
"Sustainable art project 2004”, Tokyo
2003 "Outcomes of one time and space", Moyland, Germany
"S.I.C.E 2003", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Junction", Tokyo

Publication

Collection

Others

Art Fair
2012 Art Fair Tokyo 2012, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
Collaborative Projects
2016 “x / groove space” dance performance, Japan, Germany

Profile

2009 Received Ph.D. in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts,
1975 Born in Kyoto, Japan

Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ”Perspective of Familiarity”, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"Tokedasu (Starting to Melt)", Saga Saiko Festival 2017, gallery circlo, Saga, Japan
2016 "A Prisoner of HabitーStaring, Reproduction, Sucking the Thumb", Akita University of Art, BIYONG POINT Gallery, Akita, Japan
"Mawaridasu (Beginning to Turn)", Saga Saiko Festival 2016, gallery circlo, Saga, Japan
2015 "A Prisoner of HabitーDance, Eat, Defecate", Akita University of Art, BIYONG POINT Gallery, Akita, Japan
"Passed Places, Passed Things", Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2012 "What happened on the pool ?", Asagaya, Tokyo
2011 “Mutation at the dead end”, 3331 Gallery, Tokyo
“Slow, Down.”, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
“Dancing Cleansing”, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2010 “Park Cleansing”, Château Koganei, Tokyo
"The M.I.X. ‒ All clean/ever dirty", Treasure hill artist village, Taipei
2009 “Clean up 1.2.3.”, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
“Polishing Housing”, monné porte, Nagasaki, Japan
2008 “Cleaner’s high #1”, Otto Mainzheim Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2017 REBORN ART FESTIVAL 2017, Miyagi
2014 "Asia Anarchy Alliance", Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
"3331 Art fair", 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
"Backyard stories 2014", Batumi, Georgia
2013 "Am I you?", G. Leonidze Museum of Georgian Literature, Georgia
"Now Japan", Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands
"NEEDLESS CLEANU", Meet Factory, Prague
"Maintenance Required", The Kitchen, New York
"ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013", 7-7-16 Roppongi, Tokyo
2012 "Tokyo Story 2011", Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
"White Night" A.I.R. Cambodia, Phnom Penh
2011 "Artisterium 2011 -Free fall-", Tbilisi, Georgia
"Drop me! C.P.U.E.2011" nitehi works, Yokohama, Japan
"TERATOTERA Festival -POST-", Tokyo
"On the agenda of the Arts -Where do we go from here?-" Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
"Home, Sweet home" Tama Art University, Tokyo
"Tokyo story 2010" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2010 "Spontaneous Order" Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"How to invert urbanism" Asahi Art Square, Tokyo
"Koza Crossing 2010" Koza-Gintengai, Okinawa, Japan
2009 "Re: Membering. Next of Japan" LOOP / Doosan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
"Memory / State" Museum of Jiangxi Normal University, China
"Dream of midsummer" Chinzan-so, Tokyo
"Hiroshima Art Project [KIPPOUMARU]", Hiroshima, Japan
"Koza Crossing 2009" Koza-Gintengai, Okinawa, Japan
2008 "A multi-faced mirrer" Japan Homes model house space, Tokyo
"Doctoral final exhibition" The University Art Museum, Tokyo
“Wanakio 2008” Naha, Okinawa, Japan
2007 "Double Cast" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2006 "SWITCH" Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan
2005 "The Road not Taken '05" Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, Japan
"Voice of site" Visual arts gallery, New York
"Sustainable art project 2005", Tokyo
2004 "Graduation works show", Tokyo
"S.I.C.E 2004", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Voice of Site", Tokyo
"Sustainable art project 2004”, Tokyo
2003 "Outcomes of one time and space", Moyland, Germany
"S.I.C.E 2003", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Junction", Tokyo

Publication

Collection

Others

Art Fair
2012 Art Fair Tokyo 2012, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
Collaborative Projects
2016 “x / groove space” dance performance, Japan, Germany

Maseru Iwai:The catalog “Prisoner of habit” has been published and available online.


The catalog documenting Maseru Iwai’s series of projects “Prisoner of habit” conducted at AKIBI plus (Akita, Japan) in 2015 and 2016 has been published and available online.
 
You can view and download it on the website below (published only in Japanese besides the artist statement on each project):
http://akibi-plus.jp/topics/1708/
 
At the artist-in-residence program and exhibition “Prisoner of habit: dance, eat, defecate” in 2015, Iwai depicted one of provincial cities after the war through researching issues on spring water and Bon festival dance mainly in Shinya area, Akita. He created opportunities for the local to communicate with each other by opening the vacant house, where he stayed, to the public and working together with them on the project. As for “Making an exhibition, Prisoner of habit with Masaru Iwai” in 2016, he visualized the form of the changing provincial city through researching homemade videos recorded in 8mm films and VHS, which are now replaced by the internet and other newer media.

This catalog includes essays by Eriko Kimura, curator at Yokohama Museum of Art, and Ayako Osanai, independent curator/coordinator.
 
Those two projects were conducted as collaborative projects with the local and students who were interested in art/artist management. AKIBI plus, the organizer of the projects, is a human resource development program for art management, where the faculty of Akita University of Art conducts projects in collaboration with four areas in Akita Prefecture.

    Masaru Iwai: Reborn-Art Festival 2017's 1st Talk "Oshika Peninsula in Earth History"


    Masaru Iwai: Reborn-Art Festival 2017′s 1st Talk “Oshika Peninsula in Earth History”

    The preparation for Reborn-Art Festival 2017 to be held in the summer of 2017 on the streets of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture and Oshika Peninsula is in progress. Watari-um Museum is conducting the very first trial curation for the Art department in Japan.

    Prior to the opening of the festival, Masaru Iwai together with other participating artists is going to participate in this first round of art talk series in conversation with Shinichi Nakazawa. Nakazawa is an anthropologist and one of the members of the production committee.

    Reborn-Art Festival 2017′s 1st Talk “Oshika Peninsula in Earth History”
    Artists: Shinichi Nakazawa (Philosopher and Anthropologist)
                + Masaru Iwai, Teppei Kaneuji, Parco Kinoshita and other artists
    Date: October 29 (Saturday) 19:30~21:00
    Place: Watari-um Museum
    Attendance fee: 1000 yen

    For how to apply and more information, please check the link. goo.gl/eDPKWV

    Artist

    Masaru Iwai, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi : "Now Japan" Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands


    Masaru Iwai and Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi will participate in a group exhibition in Netherlands.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    “Now Japan”
    Dates: 21 September, 2013 – 2 February, 2014
    Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands
    http://www.kunsthalkade.nl/tentoonstelling.php?item=2047

    Art Fair

    Iwai Masaru : "Am I you?" Artisterium VI, Georgia


    Masaru Iwai will participate in an international contemporary art exhibition “Artisterium Ⅵ” in Georgia.

    “Am I you?”
    Dates:October 4 – 14, 2013
    Venue:Georgian National Museum, I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, 8 Sioni Str.
    http://artisterium.org/

      Artist

      Masaru Iwai : Current News


      Masaru Iwai will participate in a residency and a group show in Prague and he also will take part in another group show and do some performance in NY. 
      More information are the following.
      read more

        Artist

        Masaru Iwai : ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013


        Masaru Iwai will participate in ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013 . His video piece will be screened in Art Port program. For details, please visit the following website:
        http://www.roppongiartnight.com/ホワイトビルウォッシング/

        Date: March 23 (Sat) 17:55 [Sunset] – 24 (Sun) 5:39 [Sunrise]
        Venue: 7-7-16 Roppongi

        Gallery

        Art Fair Tokyo 2012


        Takuro Someya Contemporary Art will participate in Art Fair Tokyo 2012.
        This year, We will exhibit a solo show, Masaru Iwai.
        Also, his new work produced in Cambodia is exhibited at Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya.
        We would like to welcome you and look forward to seeing you at the venue.

         

        Art Fair Tokyo 2012
        Venue : Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall

        First Choice (Special preview)
        Thursday, March 29 16:00pm – 21:00pm

        Friday, March 30   11:00am – 9:00pm
        Saturday, March 31  11:00am – 8:00pm
        Sunday, April 1    10:30am – 5:00pm


        Tokyo Wonder Site
        “TWS CiR OPEN STUDIO TOKYO STORY 2011″
        Date : 2012.03.10(Sat) – 2012.04.29(Sun)
        Closed : 3/12,19,26, 4/2,9,16,23
        Time : 11:00 – 19:00

        Gallery

        Masaru Iwai : "Dancing Cleansing" TSCA


        NEW EXHIBITION

         

        Masaru Iwai was born in 1975 in Tokyo. He completed his doctorate degree in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009. Iwai incorporates the juxtaposition of cleaning/trash into his artwork under the overarching theme of “cleaner’s high”. Using a broad array of mediums such as installation, video, and performance, he makes a display of the desire intrinsic to our daily lives to clean, and furthermore he shifts the focus by questioning that cyclical action. Iwai’s solo exhibitions include Clean up 1. 2. 3. at Art Center Ongoing in Tokyo (2009) and Cleaner’s high #1 at Otto Maintzheim Gallery in Tokyo (2008). Group exhibitions include Re:membering – Next of Japan at Alternative Space LOOP in Korea (2009) and Double Cast at Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo (2007).

         

        read more

        Maseru Iwai:The catalog “Prisoner of habit” has been published and available online.


        The catalog documenting Maseru Iwai’s series of projects “Prisoner of habit” conducted at AKIBI plus (Akita, Japan) in 2015 and 2016 has been published and available online.
         
        You can view and download it on the website below (published only in Japanese besides the artist statement on each project):
        http://akibi-plus.jp/topics/1708/
         
        At the artist-in-residence program and exhibition “Prisoner of habit: dance, eat, defecate” in 2015, Iwai depicted one of provincial cities after the war through researching issues on spring water and Bon festival dance mainly in Shinya area, Akita. He created opportunities for the local to communicate with each other by opening the vacant house, where he stayed, to the public and working together with them on the project. As for “Making an exhibition, Prisoner of habit with Masaru Iwai” in 2016, he visualized the form of the changing provincial city through researching homemade videos recorded in 8mm films and VHS, which are now replaced by the internet and other newer media.

        This catalog includes essays by Eriko Kimura, curator at Yokohama Museum of Art, and Ayako Osanai, independent curator/coordinator.
         
        Those two projects were conducted as collaborative projects with the local and students who were interested in art/artist management. AKIBI plus, the organizer of the projects, is a human resource development program for art management, where the faculty of Akita University of Art conducts projects in collaboration with four areas in Akita Prefecture.

          Masaru Iwai: Reborn-Art Festival 2017's 1st Talk "Oshika Peninsula in Earth History"


          Masaru Iwai: Reborn-Art Festival 2017′s 1st Talk “Oshika Peninsula in Earth History”

          The preparation for Reborn-Art Festival 2017 to be held in the summer of 2017 on the streets of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture and Oshika Peninsula is in progress. Watari-um Museum is conducting the very first trial curation for the Art department in Japan.

          Prior to the opening of the festival, Masaru Iwai together with other participating artists is going to participate in this first round of art talk series in conversation with Shinichi Nakazawa. Nakazawa is an anthropologist and one of the members of the production committee.

          Reborn-Art Festival 2017′s 1st Talk “Oshika Peninsula in Earth History”
          Artists: Shinichi Nakazawa (Philosopher and Anthropologist)
                      + Masaru Iwai, Teppei Kaneuji, Parco Kinoshita and other artists
          Date: October 29 (Saturday) 19:30~21:00
          Place: Watari-um Museum
          Attendance fee: 1000 yen

          For how to apply and more information, please check the link. goo.gl/eDPKWV

          Artist

          Masaru Iwai, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi : "Now Japan" Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands


          Masaru Iwai and Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi will participate in a group exhibition in Netherlands.
          For more information, please visit the website.

          “Now Japan”
          Dates: 21 September, 2013 – 2 February, 2014
          Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, Netherlands
          http://www.kunsthalkade.nl/tentoonstelling.php?item=2047

          Art Fair

          Iwai Masaru : "Am I you?" Artisterium VI, Georgia


          Masaru Iwai will participate in an international contemporary art exhibition “Artisterium Ⅵ” in Georgia.

          “Am I you?”
          Dates:October 4 – 14, 2013
          Venue:Georgian National Museum, I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, 8 Sioni Str.
          http://artisterium.org/

            Artist

            Masaru Iwai : Current News


            Masaru Iwai will participate in a residency and a group show in Prague and he also will take part in another group show and do some performance in NY. 
            More information are the following.
            read more

              Artist

              Masaru Iwai : ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013


              Masaru Iwai will participate in ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2013 . His video piece will be screened in Art Port program. For details, please visit the following website:
              http://www.roppongiartnight.com/ホワイトビルウォッシング/

              Date: March 23 (Sat) 17:55 [Sunset] – 24 (Sun) 5:39 [Sunrise]
              Venue: 7-7-16 Roppongi

              Gallery

              Art Fair Tokyo 2012


              Takuro Someya Contemporary Art will participate in Art Fair Tokyo 2012.
              This year, We will exhibit a solo show, Masaru Iwai.
              Also, his new work produced in Cambodia is exhibited at Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya.
              We would like to welcome you and look forward to seeing you at the venue.

               

              Art Fair Tokyo 2012
              Venue : Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall

              First Choice (Special preview)
              Thursday, March 29 16:00pm – 21:00pm

              Friday, March 30   11:00am – 9:00pm
              Saturday, March 31  11:00am – 8:00pm
              Sunday, April 1    10:30am – 5:00pm


              Tokyo Wonder Site
              “TWS CiR OPEN STUDIO TOKYO STORY 2011″
              Date : 2012.03.10(Sat) – 2012.04.29(Sun)
              Closed : 3/12,19,26, 4/2,9,16,23
              Time : 11:00 – 19:00

              Gallery

              Masaru Iwai : "Dancing Cleansing" TSCA


              NEW EXHIBITION

               

              Masaru Iwai was born in 1975 in Tokyo. He completed his doctorate degree in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009. Iwai incorporates the juxtaposition of cleaning/trash into his artwork under the overarching theme of “cleaner’s high”. Using a broad array of mediums such as installation, video, and performance, he makes a display of the desire intrinsic to our daily lives to clean, and furthermore he shifts the focus by questioning that cyclical action. Iwai’s solo exhibitions include Clean up 1. 2. 3. at Art Center Ongoing in Tokyo (2009) and Cleaner’s high #1 at Otto Maintzheim Gallery in Tokyo (2008). Group exhibitions include Re:membering – Next of Japan at Alternative Space LOOP in Korea (2009) and Double Cast at Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo (2007).

               

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