SNOWcontemporary

HITOTZUKI「ALTERRAIN」



“POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2016″(10-17 July, 2016 / 228 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802)
photo : Brandon Shigeta


SNOW Contemporary is pleased to announce HITOTZUKI’s solo exhibition “ALTERRAIN,” from Friday, December 16th, 2016 through Saturday, January 28th, 2017.
HITOZUKI is an artist unit consisted of Kami who draws rhythmical dynamic lines, and Sasu who creates symmetry motifs with delicate sense of colors. After each artist had worked separately, they started collaborating in 1999 and initially worked at “Barnstormers,” one of representative movements of street art in the United States. They presented their work at “Ill Communication Ⅱ” held at URBIS Museum in United Kingdom in 2004. They also actively participated in exhibitions in Japan such as an alternative space “DYEZU-EXPERIMENT!” (Art Tower Mito, Contemporary Art Gallery) in 2005 and “Roppongi Crossing 2010 : Can There Be Art?” (Mori Art Museum). They have created wall paintings in Asian countries such as Taiwan and Vietnam. They have pioneered wall painting expressions on the frontline of street art internationally, and each of their works have received high evaluations.
The act of painting on architectures such as building walls are now recognized as an art form conveyed from the street and intended for all the people passing by, which connects with the graffiti culture that had emerged in New York in the 1970s. This art form with massive influence can transform the view of an area and at times an identity of a location, capturing and recording the “here and now” of a location and allowing a city and its art to closely connect with each other.
In that context, HITOTZUKI’s murals have built its own expressions through conversations and negotiations regarding rules of public space, senses of value of street culture communities and other varied matters. Motifs portrayed in HITOTZUKI’s murals embody identities created carefully through the influence since their childhood and cultures they had been engaged in. The process of creating the murals become a documentation of the act of physically drawing freehand on the wall.
The exhibition is titled “ALTERRAIN” and would exhibit new canvas works of the unit.
“ALTERRAIN” is a coined word, combining “All Terrain” and “alternative” created by HITOTZUKI. HITOTZUKI have created works in varied locations domestically and internationally. Crossovering varied scenes and exploring new areas of activities, they enter into locations and create new perspectives, while at the same time generated mobile power as though an all-terrain tire in which would accommodate any kind of situations. This exhibition will represent HITOTZUKI’s such persistent attitude towards creation since the unit was formed.
We highly look forward to sharing with you HITOTZUKI’s exhibition presented in our gallery space.

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session:2016/12/16(Fri) – 2017/1/28(Sat) 11:00 – 19:00 
*closed on Sun. Mon. public holidays and winter holidays(2016/12/23~2017/1/4)
opening reception:12/16(Fri) 18:00 – 20:00
venue:SNOW Contemporary / 404 Hayano Bldg. 2-13-12 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 106-0031
    



HITOTZUIKI biography

An artist unit consisting of KAMI (born in 1974) and SASU (born in 1974).

◇SOLO EXHIBITION
2013 "ABILIGHT"THE JAPAN FOUNDATION CENTER, Hanoi/Vietnam
   "PORTATION"PINEBROOKLYN, Osaka/Japan
2011 "CONTINUUM"72 AND SUNNY, Los Angeles/US
2010 "OMINI"BACKWOODS GALLERY, Melbourne/Australia
2006 "TOKINOWAMAWARUTOKINOWA"FIFTY24SF GARALLEY, San Francisco/US
2005 "LAND"GALLERY POINT, Tokyo/Japan
2004 "KAMI + SASU EXPO"90SQM GALLERY, Amsterdam/Netherland

◇GROUP EXHIBITION
2016 ‘"THE MOTHERSHIP RETURNS" P-FUNK TRIBUTE ART SHOW’ MELTDOWN COMICS, Los Angeles/USA
   "ART FAIR TOKYO 2016" Tokyo International Forum, TOkyo/Japan
2015 "POP&STREET"SEIBU SHIBUYABuilding B-8F ART GALLERY, Tokyo/Japan
   "Post-Painting"SEIBU SHIBUYABuilding B-8F ART GALLERY, Tokyo/Japan
    "ART FAIR TOKYO 2016"Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo/Japan
2012 "PUBLIC FAIR NO.1"K11, HOng Kong/China
2011 "ART FOR TOMORROW"Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo/Japan
2010 "BASARA"SPIRAL Hall, Tokyo/Japan
    "Roppongi Crossing 2010"Mori Art Museum, Tokyo/Japan
2009 "CULTIVATE"DIESEL STORE HONG KONG, Hong Kong/China
2008 "Akasaka Art Flower 08" Old Akasaka elementary school, Tokyo/Japan
2007 "GINZA TOROPICALIA"SUSHI SAMBA, Miami/US
2005 ‘"X-COLOR" GRAFFITI IN JAPAN’ Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki/Japan
   "URBAN EDGE SHOW" Milan/Italy
2004 "ILL COMMUNICATION II"URBIS MUSEUM, Manchester/UK
   "BARNSTORMERS SHOW"SECCA MUSEUM, North Carolina, US
2003 "STREET WISE 2"Berlin/Germany

◇MURAL PROJECT
2016 "POW! WOW! LONGBEACH 2016"Long Beach/California
   "MURAL "KOFU MURAL PROJECT”"The Yamanashi Chuo Bank, Yamanashi/Japan
   "POW! WOW! HAWAII 2016"Kaka’ako/Hawaii
2015 "POW! WOW! JAPAN 2015"TENNOZ ISLE, Tokyo/Japan
   "MURAL"Yamanashi/Japan
   "MURAL"EVIDENCE CLOUDS" "BEPPU PROJECT, Oita/Japan
2014 "MURAL "MIZU-KAGAMI" "Hida-Kanayama/Gifu
   "DANCING AT THE WALL 1,2"Nakamura Kieth Harring Collection, Yamanashi/Japan
   "MURAL "FLY AWAY""Asnal Kanayama, Nagoya/Japan
2013 "MURAL"Yokohama/Japan
   "MURAL "A POSTED SCENERY""Tokyo/Japan
2012 "QUALITY TIME WITH ART"THE BASE TAIPEI/TAIWAN
2011 "MATSUDO ART LINE PROJECT"Matsudo/Chiba
2009 "URBAN ART GUIDE"Berlin/Germany
2008 "OYKOT"GINZA GRAPHIC GALLERY, Ginza/Japan
   “NAMES FEST”Praha/Czechoslovakia
   “AKASAKA ART FLOWER”Tokyo/Japan
2007 世田谷区民ホール, Tokyo/Japan
   “桜木町 ON THE WALL” Yokohama/Japan
2006 "OUTSIDES" Germany
2005 "BERLIN-TOKYO STREET ART EXPO" tokyo wonder site, Tokyo
2004 "BARN STORMERS "CATALYST" "CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM HONOLULU/Hawaii
2001 "BARNSTORMERS "NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT"" SMACKMELLON GALLERY, BROOKLYN/New York
2000 "BARNSTORMERS"North Carolina

◇COMMERCIAL
2016 "WYNWOOD ARCADE" MIami, US
   "MORTAR TOKYO" Harajuku, Tokyo
2014 ‘Perrier "Inspired by street art”’ edited bottle, Perrier (SASU)
2013 ‘"NHK 生きる伝説"きわめ人”’ TV settings, NHK (KAMI)
   "BACK IN THE POOL" window display MAISON HERMES GINZA, Tokyo
   "PANASONIC CENTER" window display GRAND FRONT OSAKA, Osaka
   "BURTON RAIL DAYS" BURTON JAPAN
2011 "agnes. b “ART FACADE PROJECT”"agns b青山, Tokyo
   "MINI "GO-EDGY" campaign"BMW JAPAN (KAMI)
2005 "Nike PRESTO ASIA CAMPAIGN"NIKE (SASU)