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Junichiro Iwase

Born in Tokyo, Japan
Immigrated to Richmond, Canada
Graduated from Johnson Atelier Institute of Sculpture, New Jersey, USA
Lives and works in Richmond

Inventory Catalogue

British Columbia Arts Council, Arts Award / Project Assistance for Visual Artists, Canada
British Columbia Arts Council, Arts Award/Professional Development Projects, Canada
Canada Council for the Arts – Arts Abroad, Travel Grant to Japan
The Pollock–Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, USA

Canada Council for the Arts - Arts Abroad, Travel Grant to Mongolia
Japanese-Canadian Fishermen’s Memorial, British Columbia, Canada
Johnson Atelier Institute of Sculpture, Incentive Grant, New Jersey, USA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

"Mu: Beyond Duality", New Sculpture Exhibition, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"APT 402", Site-specific installation + Happening, Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China

"Double Zero: The Point Between Future Past", Two Person Exhibition, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby, Canada
"Cracked Up!", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Konrin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 "Sick in Japan Paintings - Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo: The Ten Elements", Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan
2002 "Sick in Japan: Miso Soup Diary, New Painting Series", Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan
1999 “Under the Sun”, Red Series Paintings, Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan
"Red Series Paintings, Hybrid Asia - Ginza Gallery Net", Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions and Biennales
"Gallery Artists Group Show - Summer 2019", Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong

"Anthropocene", 7th Nakanojo Biennale, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
"Who Are We Now?", National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolgia

"Who Are We Now?", 5th Land Art Mongolia Biennial, Murun Sum, Khentil Aimag, Mongolia
"The Winter Show", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

"My Living Room, Brian Wallace Collection", Red Gate Gallery, Dongbianmen Watchtower, Beijing, China
"Colours and Forms", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

"Everywhere All At Once...Here", 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Victoria, Australia
"Connect", 12th Bellwether Sculpture Biennale, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, Washington, USA

Peace Mechanismis, Santorini Biennale, Mesaria, Greece
"Winterlude", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Bloom", Japanese Canadian Artist Showcase and Auction, NNM&CC, Burnaby, Canada

"Sick in Japan: Pink Series", Spoon Art Fair Hong Kong 12 Invitation, Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
"Love Letters to Vancouver", digital image, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
"With These Walls We are Shaped", Wolstenholme Creative Space, Site-specific Installation, 6th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
"Upon First Refraction, Moon", Site-specific installation, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada

"Bust", Site-specific installation, ContainerArt, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada

"Sick in Japan Print", Qijiang International Invitational Print Festival, Chongquing, China

"Drawn Together", In Conjunction with Drawn Festival, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Egg Eye Paintings", Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
New Prints with Akiko Ikeuchi, Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan

"Sick in Japan Painting and Drawings", KIAF, Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
"Sick in Japan: Pink Paintings", 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival, Pocheon, Korea

"Sick in Japan Prints", SIPA, Seoul International Print Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

"Sick Bather", Gallery 21+Yo, KIAF, COEX Center, Seoul, Korea
2004 "Sick Tree", New Expression of Asian Art Exhibition, Taiwan

"Sick in Japan Paintings", Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
2003 "Sick in Japan Series, Sick Bather", KIAF, COEX Center, Seou, Korea

"Ten Elements, Sick in Japan Series: Sick Robot", Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo, Japan
1998 "Red Series Paintings, Attack/Damage: Art in Tokyo", Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Public Work / Commissions
"Communication", 7th Nakanojo Biennale, Gunma, Japan
"Egg Forest", Moriumius, Ishinomaki, Japana
"Lunette 'ki'", 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Victoria, Australia
"Moonwalkers", City of Bellevue, Public Art Program, Washington, USA
"Double Zero", Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby, Canada
"E-clipse", Digital Image Projection, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
"Orb", 6th Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, United Kingdom

"Moon", Drake Hotel Main Lobby, Toronto, Canada
"Bust", Site-Specific Installation, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada
"Wind", Japanese-Canadian Fishermen's Memorial, Steveston Waterfront, Richmond, Canada
1997 "Kannon", Buddhist Sculpture at Hosenji Temple, Shizuoka, Japan

Artist in Residences
Independent Research and Creation - A Still Life: Painting Amidst Covid-19, BC, Canada
Nakanojo Biennale Residency, Shima Onsen, Gunma, Japan
Land Art Mongolia 360° Residency, Murum Sum, Khentii Aimag, Mongolia
Moriumius, Children's Workshop, Ishinomaki, Japan
Mildura Palimpests Inland Residency, Victoria, Australia
Red Gate International Residency Program, Beijing, China
Liverpool Biennial, Wolstenholme Creative Space Residency, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Drake Hotel Residency, Research and Creation, Toronto, Canada
Self-directed residence, Shizuoka, Japan
Self-directed residence, Tokyo, Japan

Publications/Exhibition Catalogues
Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail, "Art auctions have moved online...", 23 October

Tetsuo Yamashige, Anthropocene, Nakanojo Biennale, 7th edition catalogue
Honda Takahiko, Gallery Monthly Magazine, Art Report in Nakanojo, Tokyo, September Issue

Claire Selvin, ARTnews, "Pollock-Krasner Foundation Names...", 17, April

Artforum, "Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards...", 17, April

Batjil Bayar, Medium, 5th Land Art Mongolia – a beautiful, mystic, unexplored plains, 11 March
Alla Zhang, Artron.net, 5th Land Art Mongolia, On-line, 06 September

Sophie Guyot, La couleur des jours, "Lumières dans la steppe", Autumn Issue

Lewis Biggs, Curator, 5th Land Art Mongolia Biennial, 5th edition catalogue

Who Are We Now? Land Art Mongolia 5th Biennale, Art Avenue, 10 August
Portia Preigert, Galleries West, "Zen and The Art of Nothingness", 8 October

Fumika Honda, Gallery Monthly Magazine, Tokyo, Art Report in Vancouver, November Issue

Robin Laurence, Vignettes, Preview Guide to Galleries + Museums, September / October Issue

The Georgia Straight (on-line), "Mu: Beyond Duality", Oct Issue

Shawn Conner, Westcoast Homes & Designs, Art, Nature, & Science, September Issue
Takahiko Honda, Gallery Monthly Magazine, Tokyo, Art Report, AIR - MORIUMIUS, Oct Issue

Sculpture Magazine, Moonwalker 5, International Sculpture Center, January / February Issue
Everywhere all at once...here. Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, 10th Edition

Michael DiFabrizio, "Biennale Unites Artists Around World", Sunraysia Daily, August Issue
City of Bellevue, "Connect: Bellwether Sculpture Biennial", 12th Edition

Kikos Papdopoulos, Santorini Biennale, Peace Mechanisms, 2nd Edition, Santorini, Greece
Robin Lawrence, "The present is never separate in Double Zero at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre", The Georgia Straight (online), 30 July 2013

Kevin Griffin, "Blurring Past and Present", Vancouver Sun (online), 12 July 2013

Genevieve Depelteau, "An artistic collaboration about Japan", La Source, 8 July 2013
Ian Jackson, "With These Walls We are Shaped", Art in Liverpool (online), 24 November 2010

Tom Hawthorn, "Art Inside the Box", Globe and Mail, 3 September 2010
Kanna Kitakaze, Artist Focus, interview, Vancouver Shimpo, 3 December 2009

Anchin Tsai, "Artist use eggshells to depict sickness", World Journal, 15 July 2009
Bronwyn Kent, "Cracked Up!", Vol. 2, Issue 9, Pacific Rim Magazine
2006 Takahiko Honda, "New Work in Japan", Vol. 2, Gallery Monthly Magazine

Hemmi Kai, "New Expression in Prints", No. 131, Hanga Geijitsu Quarterly Journal
2005 Takahiko Honda, "Asian Artist Crossing Borders", Vol. 1, AAC, Asian Art City Magazine

Gallery Monthly Magazine – exhibition review

Asahi Newspaper – exhibition review
2003 W. Chow, "Reflected New and Old Vancouver", Vancouver Sun, 27 September 2003

Mainichi Newspaper - exhibition review on “Ten Elements”

Gallery Monthly Magazine - KIAF review

Catalogue for exhibition “Ten Elements”
2002 Chris Bryan, "Monument to Forefathers", Richmond News - 29 September 2002

Vancouver Shinpo - article related to monument

The Bulletin, Journal of Japanese-Canadian Community, History & Culture

Asahi Newspaper – exhibition review
1998 Museum Catalogue for exhibition “Attack/Damage” at Itabashi Art Museum

Catalogue for exhibition “Hybrid Asia”
1995 Renee Philips, "Spacial Relations", Manhattan Arts International – Fall/Winter Issue

Nakanojo Biennale, Art Collection, Japan
Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Brian Wallace Art Collection, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Byron Aceman Collection
David Suzuki Foundation
City of Richmond, Public Art Collection
Brian Wallace Collection, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
Private Estates: New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Milan, Genoa, Santorini, Bellevue, Victoria (Australia)

Artist Statement

Mu: Beyond Duality, 2017

In the contemporary era of divisive politics and fake news, going beyond binary positions is more important than ever. The Buddhist concept of 'mu' is a useful reminder here. Mu recognizes that there is no definitive right or wrong, true or false, or good or bad. These are positions of polarity dependent on both time and space, history and contexts. These sculptures can be tools for meditation to strive for what Zen Buddhists call, nothingness-- arriving at a point of transcendence.

--- Junichiro Iwase, written in collaboration with Maki Iwase, the artist's twin sister.

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