Fossil Chalk series: mixed media, plaster with shredded printed news article titles, twitter articles, room dust, studio debris, plaster debris, left over articles, cloths of writings, paper scrap, scrap metal, plastics, nails, screws, pencil leads, job site debris, and/or plastics, rasin, silicon...
Tokyo Designer's Week Art Fair, Tokyo, 2011
presented by Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
Kariya's signature work "the now is" writings on various objects by random picks by chance; page of Bible, Quran, Heart Sutra, NY Times, World Atlas, post cards, old snap photos, discarded portfolios, portrait photos, daily milk crates, memo papers, drawings, card boards, chicken bones, pork bones, ox bones, receipts, stickers, sea shells, stones, pebble stones, Hudson river pier drifted wood, construction debris, sheet rocks, craft papers, shopping bags, paper bags, duct tapes, sheets, cloths, anonymous photos, found woods, picture frames, napkins, trashed memos, plastics, old records, record tapes, rices, beans, seeds, dried bread, pasta, and millions, billions, trillions of others.
Kariya's first studio, located at 359 Canal street was the place FLUXUS activity was performed. Dick Higgins studio was downstairs, his studio, former studio of Nam Jun Paik, through Ay-O, Tatsumi Orimoto, Kazu Butsuhara.
With FLUXUS magnet, Kariya begun meeting and linking with Peter Frank, Bettina Riedel, Bernd Jansen, Alanna Heiss, Alex Kayser, Johannes Lenhart, Hilmer Bolero, Wolfgang Luy, Raimond Van Weil, Wolf Kahren, Yasunao Tone, Takahiro Iimura, John Cage, Cles Oldenburg, Cyril Christo (Christo's son), Keiji Uematsu, Richard Nonas, On Kawara, Hiroko Hiraoka, Inge Mahn, Vito Acconci, Nancy Holt, Bruce Fier, Dennis Oppenheim, Wolfram Erber, Monika Baumgartl, Stephen Reichard, Joseph Beuys, Arno Jansen, Dorothée Bouchard, Bert Gerresheim, Daniele Spoerri, Günter Uecker, Hilla Becher, Ushio Shinohara, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shintaro Tanaka, Kosei Sasaki, Kazuo Kawasumi, Tadayuki Naito, Satoshi Nakazato, Gilbert Hisao, Susan Weil, Bernie Kauchenburg, Robert Rouchenburg, Doug Olsen, Nobu Fukui, Burd Breivic, Isolde Wahrin, Yoshi Kakedo, Jeanett Ingberman, Papo Colo, Kunie Sugiura, Walter De Maria, Yoyo Friedrich, Tim Steel, Sueo Mizuma, Saskia Friedrich, and hundred, thousand, ...
Hiroshi Kariya, born in Japan, is a New York based Sculptor and Meditation Creative. His diverse and playful artistic practice, which includes sculpture, painting and installation, explores the ritual, ceremonial aesthetic of objects through random encounters of materials, re-assembled situations and spatial relationships.
Kariya's practice is based on the composition of "Sutra", sanskrit; meaning literally thread or string to bind the pages of book, sacred code or measuring line.
Kariya composed his Sutra, with three words "the now is”, his signature tool of non-state element, that concept a link whole events, object, dust and debris, bits and pieces, right or wrong, simultaneously.
And these 3 words are written millions of times on the works.
Just writings of 3 words, they convey 1: an index of an illusion, 2: a sense of immediacy and 3: the present tense, in which Kariya meditates the creation of each work.
It is to recall the element to investigate our believing system between the illusion and/or reality.
Then, to wonder what is the purpose of this physical matter of our experiences of "the" now is, the "now" is, the now "is".
Kariya has exhibited early year at the MOMA PS1 "Sound Show, special project: Meditation" 1979. Exit Art "Sutra", 1989. ICA Philadelphia "Sutra: One thing in everything: everything in one thing", 1990, then follows various institutions, museums and galleries.