Yosuke Ito


Yosuke Ito is a Tokyo-based artist and international exhibitor. He works in the intermedia art field, projectingimages onto a wide variety of available surfaces. Recently, he became interested  in organizing renewablematerials, powered by solar cells, as a means of drawing attention to  current global environmental issues. Aftermeeting with minimal-sound master  Phill  Niblock in 1998, Ito organized and was artistic director of theinternational exchange  project Puddles, an artist-run platform that includes more than 15 organizationsbetween  Germany, the  Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Japan.

In 2003-2004, Ito had a solo exhibition entitled "Release/Remaining," which traveled from Tokyo (Japan) to NewYork (USA) and Lier (Belgium). Visitors were encouraged to make paper airplanes and to throw them ontohorizontal nets of rubber strings that had been strung from wall to wall. Lights shone from the floor onto thewalls and through the nets, so that the  shadows of the paper airplanes on the nets were projected onto thewalls. In this exhibition, the  paper airplanes represented a means for communicating messages. Some of themslipped down  from the nets, but the nets gradually filled up with the airplanes, symbolizing "a hope forcommunication." As the lights projected more and more airplanes onto the walls, a sense of  actualcommunication began to unfold.

Since then, Ito's artistic subject matter has focused on environmental issues through lighting  and projectedimages, especially focusing on their gathering and their dispersal. In 2006-2007,  Ito showed "Reflected Landscape" and "Floating Landscapes" at 55 Mercer Gallery. The works  used loops to symbolize a connection betweenshooting and projecting. While we normally take  photographs the same way that a camera obscura creates image/perception through the eyes--then projects the images into a dark space to show them--Ito instead set severalhand mirrors  between a projector and the walls to spread the reflected fragmented images, just as if the shot  images were given back to the landscapes in situ.

In 2009, at M55 Art, Ito developed his ideas into a visual narrative. The dispersal of light,  transferred to thecircular motion of propellers powered by solar cells, suggests the universal  implications of current globalenvironmental issues.