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3331 ART FAIR recommended artists #035 Daisuke Ida Solo Exhibition: “Photo Sculpture”

3331 ART FAIR recommended artists #035 Daisuke Ida Solo Exhibition: “Photo Sculpture”
Period:September 22 (Sat), 2018 - October 14 (Sun), 2018
Etc.:*Talk event and opening party will take place on September 23 (Sun)
Closed:Open throughout exhibition period.
Venue:1F 3331 Gallery

3331 Arts Chiyoda is delighted to present "Photo Sculpture", a solo exhibition of works by 3331 ART FAIR 2018 recommended artist, Daisuke Ida.

For this exhibition, Ida created 3D data using the vast number of images uploaded onto the Internet, transforming them visually into the form of sculpture. Taken as Ida's motif, "The Gates of Hell" by Auguste Rodin is an incomplete work. Regardless, numerous bronze "originals" were cast after the famous sculptor's death. It can even be stated that this work represents the issue of "original" and "copy" embedded in the history of sculpture. While Ida's "Photo Sculpture" forces viewers to question whether the medium is photography, 3D data, or sculpture, it also raises the relationship between original and copy, as well as image and reality. Overall, the work is a study of what "original" means in contemporary society. We invite you to come view Ida's challenge to expand this new sculptural expression that cannot be captured in real space.


"Photo Sculpture" is a series I began in 2016 that attempts to visualize our ever-expanding physical sensations in contemporary society. I have produced several works up to this date, but it is the first time to try presenting them in one package as a solo exhibition. While thinking about the uncertainty of the information put on the Internet and the various ways that we perceive things, I want to find an answer in my own terms to the question - "What kind of sculpture represents contemporary society?"

Daisuke Ida


The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction

"Photo Sculpture" by Daisuke Ida extends the artist's ongoing enquiry into the work of art in the age of digital reproduction.

His critique of the mode of production of the original and copy, image and realism, what is authentic or real; a thematic for his work. In principle, a work of art has always been reproducible. Artefacts could always be imitated.[1] Historically, reproducibility advanced intermittently and in leaps at long intervals, but in our digital age with accelerated intensity. The technique of reproduction has then reached an essentially new stage.

Collectively titled "Photo Sculpture", Ida's works reference "The Gates of Hell" by French artist Auguste Rodin. Ida's reproduction, a plurality of possible copies, reactivates the object reproduced. Ida's reinterpretation of the work acquires a kind of ubiquity, the transmission and reproduction of a famous work of art is the artwork itself. A reappraisal of the aura of the original work, its presence in time and space, and its unique existence are questioned.

Keith Whittle
Advisor and Associate Curator, White Rainbow, London

[1] Walter Benjamin,
"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," in Illuminations, trans. Harry Zohn (New York: Schoken Books, 1969), 1-26.


《Daisuke Ida x Keith Whittle (White Rainbow) Talk Event》
September 23 (Sun), 17:00-18:00
*Japanese/English translation included
*Free admission

Keith Whittle, advisor and associate curator of White Rainbow, an art space in London introducing contemporary Japanese artists, will be invited to discuss the fundamental elements of "Photo Sculpture" with the artist, Daisuke Ida.

《Opening Party》
September 23 (Sun) 18:00-20:00
An opening party will be held following the talk event. All visitors are welcome to join and enjoy light refreshments. The artist, Daisuke Ida, and White Rainbow's advisor and associate curator, Keith Whittle, will be present.

Daisuke Ida


1987 Born in Tottori, Japan
2015 M.F.A. Tokyo University of the Arts
2015 "NOWHERE" (Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori)
2015 "TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2015" (Kanda,Tokyo)
2016 "Honey, it is my home"(Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo)
2016 "FUJINOYAMA BIENNALE 2016" (Fuji, Shizuoka)
2017 "LOVE LOVE SHOW The second" (Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori)

Taking up concrete motifs from social phenomena, I create work that questions the forms we call sculpture.

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Daisuke Ida Solo Exhibition Management: Emily McDowell / Nobuyo Hikone
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