Our new exhibition following on from his recent solo booth at the Art Basel Fair in Hong Kong, will feature two new developments in the artist’s works. Miyazaki has begun creating pedestal based sculptures, a large example of which will feature in the show. Furthermore, he has started to replace the paper elements of the sculptures with brass for the first time ever. This is a really important step for him both from an extremely difficult technical perspective and the increase of the ‘preciousness’ of the works. But most importantly, it also will show the difference between found metal objects and objects created by the technical skill of the artist.
The exhibition will feature Miyazaki’s most ambitious wall sculpture to date, ‘Excess of Desire’ measuring almost 3 metres across. The artist has assembled a long line of exhaust pipes and silent mufflers welded together to form a continuum which resembles an exotic piece of vegetation on the top and on the bottom of which he has placed his richly coloured origami pieces, creating an extraordinary amalgamation of surfaces. These car parts are very important for the artist. Some are not original but self-made illegally. During Japan’s economic boom in the 1980’s and 1990’s this playing with car engine parts which would greatly increase the noise level of the car became very desirable. These parts often had a very straight form which is why Miyazaki placed them alongside each other to exaggerate the form. The sculpture comments on the excesses of a wealthy industrial society.
Notwithstanding the originality of Miyazaki’s sculptural language, his works, whether big or small, sit in space as if they were classical sculptures. The artist has an uncanny sense of how his works should hold their space yet always achieving a perfect balance and never losing their harmony within a given space.
Keita Miyazaki (*1983; Tokyo, Japan) lives and works between Tokyo and London.
Miyazaki completed a PhD in craft metal casting at Tokyo University of the Arts and at the Royal College of Art. His work has been presented in numerous shows in UK and Japan, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Daiwa Foundation in London. A monumental work by Miyazaki was selected for Sculpture in the City exhibition in London. Miyazaki presented works at the Palais De Tokyo as part of the exhibition ‘Childhood | Another Banana Day for the Dream Fish’, he also presented works for ‘Second Hand’ at the Jameel Arts Centre and ‘I Say Yesterday, You Hear Tomorrow’ at the Fondazione Benetton and for ‘Stasi Frenetica’ at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea.
His work forms part of numerous private collections in the U.K, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, India and UAE. Museum and corporate collections include: Victoria and Albert Museum, Daiwa Foundation, Mori Arts Centre Japan, Aoyama Spiral Hall Japan, Ogi Kankou Ltd, Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture Japan, Mortimer Collection London and Centre Point London.