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Masanori Handa

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Masanori Handa's world is one of playful, impressionistic, yet nonetheless contemplative experimentation. Fleeting encounters and occurences often give vital momentum to his practice. Sites, scenery, and urban phenomena are the loci at which incidents are recorded and vividly remembered by Handa. His unique approach results in a variety of large installations and sculpture.

At his first solo exhibition in Ota Fine Arts Tokyo, he reconfigured "150 hedron", a particular Islamic symbol. The structure was constructed with brass and glass, 3 metres in height and coloured by buttermilk and coal tar. This paint mixture became cracked as time passed by, and came to litter the floor, dappling it like snowflakes. In addition, he set up "Golden Cloud" made of brass and a cracked signboard with directions to an absurd and fictitious mosque formed by objects from strange, different origins. Handa wished to express the magnificence of daily religious activities in Islamic cities around the world as something that could not be fully explained or understood.

At Ota Fine Arts Singapore, Handa staged an immense, yet intricate, site-specific installation titled "nakakiyo no entakukei" put together with an assortment of trailing vines, timber, cement, canvas, foam and fabric. The enormity of the work was breathtaking, and inspired by the atmosphere, climate, psychogeography and cross-cultural dialogue.

Born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1979, Masanori Handa completed a BA in Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he continues to work today. His works have previously been shown at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2006). In 2009, Handa was selected to be a part of the prestigious "Rolex Art Initiative Mentor and Protégé" program in Berlin where he was mentored by Rebecca Horn, an accomplished German installation artist and film director. Subsequently, he participated in notable group exhibitions, workshops and site-specific projects at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011), the Hara Museum, Tokyo (2009), the Edoardo Chiossone Museum, Genoa (2009) and the TATE Modern, London (2009).
Masanori Handa ROPPONGI MOSUQUE 2011 mixed media
Exhibition view: Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2011