Wednesday, June 11, 2014

KEN Hiratsuka

Ken Hiratsuka
1959 Born Shimodate City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
1982 BA Sculpture, Musashino University, Tokyo
Art Students League, NYC Began concept of One Line Sculpture by carving a spiral on the sidewalk; continues through nature stones and public site works around the world to create a model of universal language on the surface of the earth as one huge rock. 

Selected One Man Exhibitions
2008 25 Bond Street, NYC,  “River” (100’x16’ carved granite sidewalk) and “Nike” (7’h standing granite) permanent installation sponsored by Goldman Properties.
Roxbury Arts Center, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY
2004 The Catskill Center's Erpf Gallery, Arkville, New York
2002 Issei Miyake Madison Avenue, New York
2001 R.V.'s Pop Shop Gallery, Orlando Florida
1996 Emerging Collector Gallery, New York
1994 AMUSE, 599 Broadway, NYC
1990 Jadite Gallery, New York
1987 Gallery White Art, Tokyo and the Foreign Correspondents Club, Tokyo
1986 NoSeNo & Freddie the Dreamer, New York
1985 Now Gallery, New York
1984 The A's Gallery, New York City

Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 Ibiza, Pronostica Art Festival
2002 Lights of Istanbul, 2002
2001 Freiburg, Germany 12-ton boulder mounted in Municipal Park Group Show
2000 Kiel, Germany, "American Street Art"
1999 Torino, Italy, Pittura Dura Museum, "Dal Graffitismo alla Street Art"
1998 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE In-Sites IV: Opening the Streetscape/School to Community, Henry Street Abrons Art Center, NYC
1997 La Posteria, Milan, Italy, "Keith Haring and New York Street Art"
1996 Tianjin (TEDA) International Sculpture Symposium, Tianjin, China
1995 In-Sites II: Lower East Side Artists Re-Think Neighborhood Streets, Henry Street Settlement, NYC
1994 Egon von Kameke Haus, Potsdam, Germany
1993 Hopes and Dreams, Tweed Gallery/Tenement Museum, City Hall, New York
1991 Art New York, Musée des Anciens Mécaniques, Paris
Rivington School Group Show, P.S.1, New York
1988 AU International, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo
Rivington School, spons. by Hankyu Dept. Store, Osaka, Japan
1984 Brooklyn '84, Brooklyn Museum, Community Gallery, Brooklyn
Terminal New York, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn

Selected Public Monuments/Permanent Sculptures
2004 Montauk new york "drifted coral" 6'x6'x4' granite boulde
2004 Shimodate japan "fossil of the moment" 7'x8'x4' granite boulder
2003 Ibiza spain "story of pronostica" 6'x6' limestone
2002 Buyukcekmece istanbul turkey " light of istanbul" 4'x5'x6' and 3'x4'x7' marble
2001 New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Carved Jetty Rock, 6'x10' granite, with permission of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, assisted by Atlantic Center for the Arts
1999 Guilin "Yuzi Paradise" Sculpture Symposium, 1m x 4m gray granite, Guilin, China
1999 Hand Forged One Line Steel Fence, Private Commission, Landmark Brownstone Building, New York City
1998 Guangzyou china "performer's rock" 5'x5' unfinished
1996 Huairou Sculpture Park, 20'x15'x8' gray granite - Beijing, China
1995 Ogasawara "Bonin" Island, 3'x8' volcanic stone, Japan
1993 Karesuando, "Daavi Suuva" Saami Nation Festival, 3'x5' granite, Saamiland, Sweden
1992 Eco Summit/Global Forum, Granite 10'x15'x6', Flamingo Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Mount Merapi, Andesite 32'x23'x8', Jogjakarta, Indonesia
1991 Center for Contemporary Art, 3 Sandstones 20'x20'x6, Santa Fe, N.M.
1990 E.N.D. Convention, Granite 10'x6'x5', Helsinki, Finland
Socrates Sculpture Park, 100 ft. sidewalk, slate, L.I.C., NY
1989 Red Square "Concrete Beach," engraved concrete sidewalk 500'x10', 250 E. Houston, NYC
1988 2B Gas Station, Carved Concrete Stage 20'x30', NYC
Graduation Monument, Andesite 3 stones 3'x4'x4' each, Shimodate High School, Japan
1987 Cowra Japanese Garden, Peace Monument: 12 Boulders, Granite 5'x7'x96'Cowra, NSW, Australia
1986 Behind Mt. Fuji, conglomerate 20'x20'x10', Sano River, Japan
Northernmost Point of Japan, Andesite 3'x5'x7', Cape Soya, Hokkaido
1984 Granite sidewalk, 6'x8', Prince & Broadway, NW corner, NYC
1982 First sidewalk carving, slate 5'x8', 212 21st St., Brooklyn, NY

Museum Collections
1993 Kemi Art Museum, Black Granite, 8 tons, Kemi, Finland
Tornio Museum, 8 granite stones 30'x30'x3', Tornio, Finland
1992 Modern Art Museum Granite 1'x2'x2', Rio De Janeiro, Brasil
1987 Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Carved entrance & garden stepping stones, Tokyo



  • I met KEN and S Ken, Kaz and Eiji in Tokyo after a long absence.

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