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.