Keijiro Suzuki - contemporary artist / designer / cultural organizer / consultant
Lives and Works in Yamaguchi City, originally from Nagoya City, Japan
鈴木啓二朗 - 現代美術作家 / デザイナー / 文化事業者 / コンサルタント
Keijiro Suzuki is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist, freelance curator, cultural organizer and art and design producer. He was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and received studio art education in Houston, Texas, U.S.A, and currently lives and works in Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan.
He has constantly attempted projects that examines social and community issues by analyzing local and global context. His practice develops from his interests in visual rhetoric, intercultural perspectives and community revival. Taking inspirations from “social sculpture” by Joseph Beuys, “Situationist international”, “Simulacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard among others, he has created installations and community projects and shown his works internationally.
He also participated in environmentally friendly building workshops as an intern such as “Earthship Biotecture“ (Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A) and “Adobe Alliance” (Presidio, Texas, U.S.A.) and also contributed for a community park based on a concept of “Permaculture”.
He is an initiator of alternative art space called the temporary space and also founder of cagerow production.
His current interest is about revival of documented and undocumented inherited skills, knowledge and wisdom from all over the world and unification of contemporary practices with it. He is also intrigued by natural phenomenon and constellations and the associating cause and effect in flux transgressing concepts of time and space.
Keijiro Suzuki received his BA in Humanities and Social Sciences from Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan, in 2004. Suzuki completed his MFA in Sculpture from University of Houston, Texas, USA, in 2010. He has exhibited his projects and works internationally such as Houston Center for Photography (Houston, the U.S. 2007), Saltworks gallery (Atlanta, the U.S. 2009), the Blaffer gallery (Houston, the U.S. 2010), Jakarta Biennale #14 (Jakarta, Indonesia, 2011) and UniCredit Bank Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2012), FIAC (Paris, France, 2015) among others. He has also participated in numerous artist in residence programs including Project Row Houses (Houston, the U.S. 2007), Diverseworks (Houston, the U.S. 2008) Hilmsen residence project (Salzwedel, Germany, 2010), GlogauAIR (Berlin, Germany, 2011) and Cite International des Arts (Paris, France, 2013). He has worked on a book project in collaboration with French writer Michel Butor via curatorial organizer, Gervias Jassaud. Besides his artistic career, he worked as assistant curator for Station Museum of Contemporary Arts (Houston, the U.S.) , also as a residence program coordinator for Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi, Japan) and worked as program technical assistant for “Collective:EAS_Y Vol.01” organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and Yamaguchi University, Japan. In 2010, he founded alternative space called “the temporary space” and organized several exhibitions and collaborative projects with other art organizations in Japan and abroad. In 2015 he also launched art and design production project called “cagerow production” and aims to internationally connect skill, materials, wisdom and aesthetics.
Researching unfamiliar facts and unrecorded incidents in history with anthropological approaches and literal references, I create works to explore perspectives to cultural diversity and worldviews under my conceptual interpretations. With this, I presented meanings emerging among “facts”, “records”, and, “fictions”.
Through my fieldwork as an anthropological approach, I collect found objects, pictures, stories and I visually and conceptually interpret their symbolic meanings. As a result, unique relationships in these meanings emerge, which I call “visual rhetoric”, and I develop my works with it. With this method, I express some abstractions, contradictions, truth and myth by liberating and mystifying these defined things in these collected found objects and stories.
Also, I apply, abstract, and conceptualize materials and resources unique in areas where I visit during my fieldtrips for my production of installations, videos and projects. I explore development of conceptual worldviews and attempt to visualize the conceptually parallel world.
2007 - 2010
2000 - 2004
M.F.A. in Sculpture, University of Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
B.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences, Intercultural Studies, Nagoya City University, Japan
2007 - 2010
Travel Grant awarded by Gus Kopriva and Department of Fine Arts at University of Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellowship, CWMC for the Arts at University of Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
“Universe / Abstraction / Visual Rhetoric / Constellation / Life Philosophy”, N3 Art Lab, Hofu, Japan
“Coloring Tradition”, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Coloring Tradition”, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Mine, Japan
“Attempts in nameless days…”, Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art, Yamaguchi, Japan
"GlogauAIR Open Studio and Showcase", curated by Tanja Schomaker, GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany
“Yamaguchi Valley Section 2018 …..the Blowing Winds…..”, Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
“The 10th Yamaguchi Emerging Artist Award Exhibition”, Creative Space Aka Renga, Yamaguchi, Japan
“Collective:EAS_Y Vol.02”, Agency for Cultural Affairs & Yamaguchi University, N3 ART Lab, Yamaguchi, Japan
“Editions Gervais Jassaud, Collectif Génération”, Librairie Auguste Blaizot, curated by Gervais Jassaud, Paris, France
“Embodiments of Constellation with Dedication for Spirits without names…”, Cinéphémère-FIAC,
curated by Daniel Kurjakovic, Paris, France
“a need and a desire”, collaborated with Lauren Moya Ford, Star Gallery Editions, Nagoya, Japan
Cite Internationale des Art Open Studio, Cite Internationale des Art, Paris, France
Bank of the Future, curated by Vyara Mlechevska, Unicredit Bank Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jakarta Biennale #14, 2011, Jakarta Art Council, Jakarta, Indonesia