Yosuke Ito


Yosuke Ito is a Tokyo-based artist and international exhibitor. He works in the intermedia art field, projecting imagesonto a wide variety of available surfaces. Recently, he became interested  in organizing renewable materials,powered by solar cells, as a means of drawing attention to  current global environmental issues. After meeting withminimal-sound master  Phill  Niblock in 1998, Ito organized and was artistic director of the international exchange  project Puddles, an artist-run platform that includes more than 15 organizations between  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 New York(USA) and Lier (Belgium). Visitors were encouraged to make paper airplanes and to throw them onto horizontal nets ofrubber strings that had been strung from wall to wall. Lights shone from the floor onto the walls and through the nets,so that the  shadows of the paper airplanes on the nets were projected onto the walls. In this exhibition, the  paperairplanes represented a means for communicating messages. Some of them slipped down  from the nets, but the netsgradually filled up with the airplanes, symbolizing "a hope for communication." As the lights projected more and moreairplanes onto the walls, a sense of  actual communication began to unfold.

Since then, Ito's artistic subject matter has focused on environmental issues through lighting  and projected images,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 between shooting andprojecting. While we normally take  photographs the same way that a camera obscura creates image/perceptionthrough the eyes--then projects the images into a dark space to show them--Ito instead set several hand mirrors  between a projector and the walls to spread the reflected fragmented images, just as if the shot  images were givenback to the landscapes in situ.

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