Kojiro Yoshiaki

BIO/CV

(b. 1968, Chiba, Japan)

Kojiro Yoshiaki began his career as an architect at Tokyo University of Science. In his thirties, after experimenting with foamed glass as an architectural material, he decided to make a career change and became a glass artist. His scientific, regimented approach has led him to create work that captures the textural movement of glass, seemingly frozen in time.

Kojiro’s work has been featured in many solo, duo, and group exhibitions since 2001. His recent awards include an honorable mention at the LOWE Craft Prize, the Ropez International Prize, and the Bavarrian State Prize at the Internationale Handwerksmesse Munich.

Kojiro’s process includes grinding up glass into a fine powder, combining it with foaming agents, firing it in a kiln, and rapidly cooling the glass. While this process is strictly regimented, the shape of the final product is left up to chance. “My work is to present a product that is formed by the interaction of glass, tiny bubbles, heat and the gravity. It is my greatest interest to extract the certain structure from this process as naked as possible, and through my works, I hope to emphasize suggestion rather than description.“

 

 

Education
  • 2002 – 2003

    Post Graduate Study, Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Kanagawa, Japan

     

  • 1992 – 1994

    M.Eng. in Architecture, Tokyo University of Science, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 1988 – 1992

    B.Eng. in Architecture, Tokyo University of Science, Chiba, Japan

     


Experience
  • 2012 – 2016

    Lecturer, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2010

    Invited artist, CAMGERAN 2010 Applied Glass Symposium, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

     

  • 1994 – 2000

    Gendaikeikaku Architectural & Planning Office, Tokyo, Japan

     


Awards & Fellowships
  • 2017                      

    Special Mention, LOEWE Craft Prize

     

  • 2016                      

    Honorable Mention, The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

     

  • 2015                      

    Ropex International Prize, Glass ’15 in Japan

     

  • 2012                      

    Young Generation Prize, Glass ’12 in Japan
    Prize winner, “OBJECT,” International Glass Prize 2012, Glazen Huis, Lommel, Belgium
    Gold Medal, Bavarian State Prize, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany

     

  • 2008                     

    Honorable Mention, Dai-ichi Museum Contemporary Glass Competition, Aichi, Japan

     

  • 2006                     

    4th Chiba City Art and Culture New Artist Award, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 2004                     

    Grand Prize, The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

     

  • 2003-06

    Fellowship, Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo, Glass Workshop, Ishikawa, Japan

     


Select Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
  • 2019                      

    Two person exhibition (with Yasuhiro Kado), New Century Craft Museum, Seto City⠀

     

  • 2017                      

    Solo exhibition, Ginza Bricks Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Formes en blank (with Bae Sejin), MOUVEMENTS MODERNES, Paris, France
    Two person exhibition (with Tomohiro Kano), Tokyo Gallery+BTAP, Japan

     

  • 2015                      

    Solo exhibition, Gallery O2, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2014                      

    Solo exhibition, Gallery AN, Ibaraki, Japan

     

  • 2013                      

    Two person exhibition (with Runa Kosogawa), Gallery NOW, Toyama, Japan
    Solo exhibition, Ginza Bricks Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Solo exhibition, Gallery O2, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2012                      

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Tsubaki, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 2011                       

    Solo exhibition, Ginza Bricks Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Solo exhibition, Isogaya i. space, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2010                      

    Two person exhibition (with Masao Kozumi), Grass Hopper GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
    Solo exhibition, Gallery Tsubaki, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 2009                     

    Solo exhibition, café & galerie NAJA, Chiba, Japan
    Solo exhibition, Galleria ACCa, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2008                     

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Tsubaki, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 2007                     

    Solo exhibition, café & galerie NAJA, Chiba, Japan

     

  • 2006                       

    Solo exhibition (curated by Motohiko Fujii), Art Interactive Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2005                     

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Yukomori, Nagano, Japan

     

  • 2004                     

    Solo exhibition, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan

     


Select Group Exhibitions
  • 2017                      

    Loewe Craft Prize Exhibition, COAM, Madrid, Spain (travelled to Chamber Gallery, New York, NY, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan)
    TRESOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT (curated by ESH GALLERY), Messe Basel, Switzerland
    Kokoro – Japanisches Glas heute, Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany
    Sincerity 2017: Korea Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gangneung Museum of Art, S. Korea
    lebenswelt | life-world, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, Germany

     

  • 2016                      

    Contemporary Glass Representation Exhibition vol.2, Dai-ichi Museum, Aichi, Japan
    Sincerity 14+14: Korea Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2015                      

    I’ve Got Glass!  I’ve Got Life!, Toyama Glass Art Museum (Inaugural Exhibition), Japan
    Tama Art University Glass Works, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
    Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

     

  • 2014                      

    iGlass: Japanese contemporary glass exhibition, LEVANT ART, Shanghai, China
    COLLECT (curated by Exhibition Space APJ), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
    The Method of 4 Creators, Session House, Tokyo, Japan
    The futurology of glass molding, Gallery O2, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2013                      

    +7 exhibition, Office339, Shanghai, China

     

  • 2012                      

    The Manifestations of Method (curated by Masayuki Hashimoto), Gallery Ryokurinkan, Saitama, Japan
    Modern Masters (curated by Handwerkskammer), International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany

     

  • 2011                       

    Sumi-paintings by Toko Shinoda and Contemporary Glass Works, Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
    The Metamorphosis of Glass, Gallery VOICE, Gifu, Japan

     

  • 2010                      

    16 Glass Objects, ORIE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    FROZEN-IN TENSION, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, Germany
    The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Korinbo-Daiwa & Notojima Glass Art Museum, Japan

     

  • 2009                     

    Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan
    The Metamorphosis of Glass, Gallery VOICE, Gifu, Japan
    61in3 + 1/8, Gallery Ten, Ishikawa, Japan
    New Glass Review 31, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    ART SELECTION NOW vol.3, Gallery NOW, Toyama, Japan

     

  • 2008                     

    New Glass Review 30, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    AACA +7 exhibition, Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2007                     

    The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Korinbo-Daiwa & Notojima Glass Art Museum, Japan
    Allure of Japanese Glass (curated by Harumi Yukutake & Tomoko Aoki), Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA
    AACA +7 exhibition, Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

     

  • 2006                     

    The 8th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Asakura Fumio Memorial Hall, Oita, Japan
    VESSELS, Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

     

  • 2005                     

    TOYAMURA International Sculpture Biennale, Toya General Center, Hokkaido, Japan
    2nd Contemporary Glass Triennial, Toyama Civic Plaza Art Gallery, Toyama, Japan
    New Glass Review 27, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

     

  • 2004

    2nd Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition 2004 in ONODA, Onoda Sun Park, Yamaguchi, Japan

     


Selected Collections
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
    Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
    The European Museum of Modern Glass, Coburg, Germany
    Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany
    Contemporary Glass Arts Museum, Eskisehir, Turkey
    The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, Germany
    Lommel City, Belgium
    Dai-ichi Museum, Aichi, Japan
    Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
    Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo, Ishikawa, Japan


ARTIST STATEMENT

As a material, it has been my great fortune to encounter foaming glass, with its uncontrollable expansions and deflation. My work is to present a product that is formed by the interaction of glass, tiny bubbles, heat and the gravity. It is my greatest interest to extract the certain structure from this process as naked as possible, and through my works, I hope to emphasize suggestion rather than description.

I put glass powder with the foaming agents (calcium carbonate) into the fire proof plaster mold. And then fire it for casting (around 820°C) in the electric kiln, the mold is filled with foamed glass gradually like baking bread. The extent of glass foaming is depends on my aim of each piece. I regulate it by the timing of rapid cooling (around 600°C). After waiting for the natural temperature, I remove the plaster mold and fire it again for slumping (around 700°C). The foamed glass solid is deflated, gets wrinkly and cracked texture by heat and gravity. Finally, I just open the door of kiln to stop the movement of foamed glass solid at a certain temperature (around 600°C) as the first step.

The foamed glass does not stay in only the field of art. For example, we are able to recognize it for the soil improvement and the insulation materials. In my case, the cue of using this material was from many experiments as I reconsidered about the range of ‘vitreous’ and about typical image of glass in my mind.