Hiroyuki Hamada

Artist Statement
Artists are blessed with that rare moment when everything disappears in our studios except for our works and ourselves – when we feel the profound connection to what we have worked on as it melts with the world, space and time. Such an occasion is indeed very rare, but that is what I strive to capture when I struggle in my studio. As our world continues to be subservient to the hierarchy of money and violence, I believe the exploration of artists to perceive the world reaching beyond the framework of corporatism, colonialism and militarism continues to be a crucial part of being human.

How do we share that with other people though? I’ve spent decades of my life as an artist. The more I struggle with the framework of the market economy, as well as the social boundaries created by it, I feel the need to shift my approach in sharing what I can share. That is the general background of my practice as a sculptor.

Hiroyuki Hamada has exhibited widely in gallery and non-commercial settings alike including Guild Hall of East Hampton, Bookstein Projects, Southampton Arts Center, Roger Williams University, The List Gallery, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and O.K. Harris Works of Art, among numerous others. Hamada holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture with a Skowhegan Fellowship. Over the years, he has been awarded various residencies most recently including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Mid-Career residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and twice received New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in sculpture. Hamada was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

#72, painted resin, 2011-13 (28” x 53” x 39”)