IIM – Inside the Head

From La Lanta Fine Art

‘Lalanta’ is translated from the Thai word meaning ‘beauty in abundance’.

Since its inception in 2006, La Lanta Fine Art has become one of the most successful galleries in the country with strong presence in international art fairs in major cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York, Miami, and Basel. The gallery offers contemporary artworks by internationally acclaimed artists.

The gallery also exhibits work by up-and-coming artists.

Exhibition Information

“IIM – INSIDE THE HEAD” presents a clever twist of traditional diorama art. At a distance, the exhibition contains a display of commercial packaged pasta boxes, strange big eyeballs, and a tall box. Once the viewers approach for close inspection, the intimate universe revealed. Inside unassuming pasta boxes and center of the eyeballs are cramped with lilliputian museums, all full of art lovers looking at shrunken art. The most visually complex piece in this exhibition involved an angled mirror doubled the miniature world. Sugiyama’s exquisite detail can be seen in his recreation of art world’s hallowed halls, covering them in everything from inlaid wooden floor to dated wallpaper.

“IIM – INSIDE THE HEAD” seeks to make the viewers question how they see things. Even though they cannot fully see the work, they understand it because they have lived it. In Sugiyama’s words, “The viewers may recall visiting a museum before and through memory this brings them back to how they perceived or how they remembered that museum space.” Sugiyama’s body of work is about seeing and remembering experiences.

Artist

Kenji Sugiyama

1962 Born in Nagoya, Japan.

Education
1987 B.F.A. Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, JAPAN 1989 M.F.A. Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, JAPAN

 

Solo exhibitions
2022 “IIM-Inside the Head, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand
2021 “IIM-Institue of Intimate Museums CADAN YURAKUCYO, Tokyo
2020 “Cell Inside of My Head” Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Switzerland
2018 “Cell-Closed Chamber as Myself, Inside and Outside-”, STANDING PINE, Nagoya
2015 “Institute of Intimate Museums”, La lanta Fine Art / Bangkok, Thailand
2014 “Institute of Intimate Museums Mirror Mirror”, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Switzerland
“Institute of Intimate Museums Ghosts in my mind”, STANDING PINE, Nagoya 2010 “I.I.M. The world’s End”, STANDING PINE, Nagoya
2009 “Institute of Intimate Museums 1999-2008”, STANDING PINE, Nagoya
2007 “Self-Portrait”, Gallery Ray, Nagoya
2006 “Very Inner Place”, Gallery Ray, Nagoya
2005 “Viewer”, Gallery Ray, Nagoya
2003 “I.I.M. Director”A”, I I M Director”B”, Nagoya City Archives, Nagoya
2001 “I.I.M. Director’s Room Gallery OH”, ORIBETEI, Aichci
2000 “I.I.M. Institute of Intimate Museums”, A.C.S, Nagoya
1999 “Institute of Intimate Museums”, A.C.S Nagoya
1997 “Inside Outside”, A.C.S, Nagoya
1996 “Inside Outside”, A.C.S, Nagoya
1995 “Inside Outside Focusing on a New Generation in ‘95”, Gallery Yamaguchi, Tokyo
“Inside Outside Face to Face”, A.C.S, Nagoya

 

Group exhibitions
2022 “Kisogawa expedition-Looking for a mysterious thing”, Kisogawa-Biyori, Gifu
2021 “We had two dogs, The girl say…”, STANDING PINE, Nagoya, Japan
2019 “Depth and Sallowness of Emotion, Information, and Compassion”, YAMAZAKI MAZAK MUSEUM OF ART
2018 “Treasure Box of Contemporary Art, OPAM Toshioka Collection” Oita Prefectural Art Museum Oita
“Through the Looking Glass”, COB Gallery, London, UK
2017 “DESTINATION : ASIA NOW”, Primae Noctis Gallery, Switzerland
2016 “CROWD, A Perfect day for Kiso River”, Minokamo, Gifu, Japan
2013 “Wavy Banner”, ET4U, Denmark
2012 “Who is inside?”, Contemporary Art in Toyohashi, Aichi Art Program
2011 “Who is inside?”, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi
“Solid Art Exhibition” Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo
2009 “Borderless Art” Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi
2008 “Who is inside?”, Nagoya City Archives, Nagoya
2007 “City-net Asia” Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2006 “Next station”, Nagoya citizen gallery Yada, Nagoya
2005 “Peindre” Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-paul, CANADA
“Butins, musees et autres curiosites” galerie HORACE, CANADA
2004 “Institute of Intimate Museums” IBCube Gallery Bovelingjerg, DENMARK
“Apporia in forestWorld scenery”, Nagoya City Gender Equality Center, Nagoya
“given” Nagoya ware house, Nagoya
2003 “JAPAN:RISING” Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, USA
“Contemporary Art Position”, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
2002 “THE FIRST MOVE”, Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall, Tokyo
2001 “HAKOIRI-BIJYUTU” (Art in Box) , Kariya City Art Museum, Aichi
“24 Winners from 1996 to 2000 FUJI TV Forum, Tokyo, UMEDA STELLA Hall
“Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art, Kawasaki
“Banbutu Spoon Daily life and the future ex-Toyota Sasuke house, Nagoya
1999 “First Steps” Grey Art Gallery, N.Y.U., USA “Hotei Collection, Art house Nanafukutei, Aichi
1998 “Philip Morris Art Award 1998 Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall
“Memento” EST-NORD-EST Centre de Sculpture, Quebec, CANADA
1997 “EFFET D’UILITAIRE” le Centre d’exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, CANADA 1996 “Inside of Works, Outside of Works” Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo

 

Awards / Grants
2011 The Asahi Shimbun Foundation
2005 The Nomura Cultural Foundation
2002 Vermont Studio Center Freeman Fellowship Alternate USA
AIGIN Education and Culture Foundation
2001 Jury Prize
2000 The Pollock-krasner Foundation , Inc. USA
The 5th Content for the Best Contemporary Art Work
1999 PARCO ART PROJECTS URBANART#8 Excellent Prize
1998 Philip Morris Art Award 1997 POLA Art Foundation
Canada’s year of Asia Pacific CANADA
1995 Young Artists Overseas Training Program Nagoya City Cultural Foundation
1994 Holbein scholarship
1989 Graduate’s Award and Purchased by Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts

Public Collection
2019 Sega Sammy Holding Collection “Institute of Intimate Museums Outside” (Tokyo, Japan)
2017 Koo House Museum ”Institute of Intimate Museums Outside”(Seoul, Korea)
BENETTON Collection ”Institute of Intimate Museums Outside”(Italy)
2015 Audemars Piguet Collection ”Institute of Intimate Museums Outside”(Le Brassus, Switzerland)
1998 ART/OMI ”Institute of Intimate Museums”(New York, USA)
1997 Baie-Saint-paul Museum ”Inside Outside” (Quebec, Canada)
1989 Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music “Hitotachi”(Aichi, Japan)

Mind palace | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 15 x 15 x 15 cm
Institute of Intimate Museum - Outside | 2018 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, mirror, paperboard, wood, pictures of past work, lighting system) | 54 x 32.5 x 173 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, mirror, paper, board, glass) | 20 x 20 x 57 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
The Third Eye 1 | 2015 | Mirror, paper, handblown glass spherical object, picture of past works | 7.5 cm (diameter)
The Third Eye 3 | 2015 | Mirror, paper, handblown glass spherical object, picture of past works | 7.5 cm (diameter)
Commercial Package | 2022 | Spaghetti box, picture of past works | 10 x 5 x 30 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, mirror, paper, board, glass) | 20 x 20 x 57 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, mirror, paper, board, glass) | 20 x 20 x 57 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
The Third Eye 2 | 2015 | Mirror, paper, handblown glass spherical object, picture of past works | 7.5 cm (diameter)
The Third Eye 4 | 2015 | Mirror, paper, handblown glass spherical object, picture of past works | 7.5 cm (diameter)
Commercial Package 2 | 2022 | Spaghetti box, picture of past works | 10 x 5 x 30 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, mirror, paper, board, glass) | 20 x 20 x 57 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
Inside series | 2022 | Mixed media (epoxy clay, leaflet of past works, mirror, acrylic box) | 10 x 10 x 27 cm
The Third Eye 5 | 2015 | Mirror, paper, handblown glass spherical object, picture of past works | 7.5 cm (diameter)

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