Naotaka Hiro

Throughout Hiro's practice, the artist's body has served as the foundation for his exploration of the unknown. The artist's body parts, only viewable through a mediated form such as a mirror or camera, become the impetus for investigation. In previous works, the skull, intestines, and anus have been transmuted in various process and performance-based sculpture and video works. In the video The Pit (Dancer with Golden Lips), (2013), Hiro uses a latex cast of his head with a split through the face and a hole cut through the occiput. Worn as a mask with his gold-painted mouth fitting into the hole, the artist's lips move in an improvised sequence where the void within his mouth evokes the uncanny nature of a black hole.  Hiro's visceral performance combines an experience with stress-induced alopecia with the futakuchi-onna, a two-mouthed woman from Japanese folklore.  The artist manipulates his body, mask, and camera to create a composite image in order to merge the seen and unseen, human and synthetic. He has previously mounted Solo Exhibitions at The Box, Los Angeles, Misako & Rosen and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, and has participated in Screenings and Group Exhibitions at The Tate Modern, London, Prague Biennial 1, Prague, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo among others.  This is Hiro's first Solo Exhibition with Brennan & Griffin. Website