b. 1976, Osaka, Japan
Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists KENTARO HIROKI

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists KENTARO HIROKI


Rubbish, 2016

Colour pencil on paper (8 pieces)
Various dimensions
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 Commission

Working with a strict methodology and set of criteria, Kentaro Hiroki handpicks everyday objects discarded on the streets to form the basis for his works. The things he chooses are intended to be reflective of time and space: unique to the localities in which he finds them, each object has its own story to tell of the communities it was found in. Once the artist has painstakingly replicated each found article into a detailed paper reproduction of the original item, the original value of these items in the economic context is replaced with an art object, its uselessness imbued with renewed meaningfulness. Each piece takes up to four days to create, and Hiroki’s execution is simultaneously an exercise in translation and self-reflection.