KAZUHIRO TOYAMA

Collection

Metal is considered as minerals or inorganic matter, is one of the elements of the Earth. Once I completely melt those
metals, I reconstruct a new form to capture the moment of the changing element of the earth, which had no shape at the
beginning. The sea changes into atmosphere and the body returns to soil, transformation on the Earth happens to everything in any
shapes. I attempt representing the unbroken chains of those phenomena which has the potential life form.

About the artist:

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1994. In 2013, I enrolled in the Industrial, Interior and Craft Design course at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and took metalwork as my major to learn various metalworking techniques. After my graduation in 2017, I was appointed a research associate position within the same course, this has made me focus on my own practice and research since. I am fascinated with iron, a material that is typically known as an inorganic material but is also an essential element of organic matters of the Earth. The catalyst came when I accidentally melted copper during the welding process, however I was captivated by the expressive presence. I found similarities between transforming new forms from liquid metal and the circulation of energy on the Earth. I have been developing this technique based on the “cycle of life”, this is my primary interest. In 2019, I started my current project, Biophilia, and I am pursuing diversifying the ways of the metal’s hidden material properties into new directions.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021 First impressions of earth, Solo exhibition, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan Adrian Sassoon at Parham, a House of History, Parham House, West Sussex, BKV-Preis 2021for Young Applied Arts, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, Germany International KOGEI Award in TOYAMA, Toyama, Japan2020 New Taipei City International Metal Crafts Competition, New Taipei City, Taiwan
2019 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Republic of Korea
2017 Musashino Art University Degree Show 2017, SPIRAL, Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS

2021 Bronze prize, Cheongju International Craft Competition, Cheongju, Republic of Korea Finalist, BKV-Preis 2021for Young Applied Arts, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, Germany Winner, International KOGEI Award in TOYAMA, Toyama, Japan
2020 Honorable Mention, New Taipei City International Metal Crafts Competition, New Taipei City, Taiwan
2019 Winner, Cheongju International Craft Competition, Cheongju, Republic of Korea Public Collections Cheongju National Museum, Cheongju, South Korea