Mutual projection – Haruka Hirai exhibition

Mutual projection

Haruka Hirai exhibition

19th May – 19th June 2022

Time & Style Amsterdam

In my recent work, I have been working with the idea of a system that evokes the illusions occuring through the use of painted installations.

This exhibition represents an installation using series of paintings made on wooden panels that fold in half instead of using a regular canvas. On these panels I applied canvas painted with acrylic paint. The form of the wooden panels and the images painted on them are directly inspired by two triangles formed when the corners of a piece of paper, such as books and old stamps I collected in Germany, are folded. By folding the pages, the page numbers and images are rotated 90 degrees and overlap, creating unintended images.

The variety of images that emerge through this simple operation may be described as the essence of collage-like thinking. The images created here are generated endlessly and semi-automatically, as I abandon the manipulation of composition. This allows the artist to focus on the act of painting without being bound by the principles of image generation. In other words, this is an attempt to separate the “what” from the “how”when painting.

Along with the installation, I have created a book limited to one copy in which I’ve collected motifs and sources generated in the process of creating works. From the perspective of the work’s concept of “examining the drawing-like and collage-like process while redistributing it on the plane, in space, and in time,”it is my intention to place equal importance on the experience of the actual and printed work.


1985  Born in Aichi, Japan

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


2014-2016 the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2010  MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo 

2008  BFA, Aichi University of the Arts, Aichi

[Solo exhibitions]

2021  Fluid, TIME&STYLE Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2018  Part2:Bookmark, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin

          Part1:Superimpose, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin

          Pagination, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe

2013  Gallery Anri, Aichi

2011  Close in Pages, Gallery Anri, Aichi

          Paper on Paper, florlist_gallery N, Aichi

[Group exhibitions]

2019  fun with flowers, Orgelfabrik Durlach, Karlsruhe

           Chronicle, Projektraum (Kunstquartier Bethanien), Berlin

2018  13+13 warten wechseln warten wechseln, EP contemporary, Berlin

2016  Mädchen 62, Villa Kolb, Karlsruhe

           Sommer Exhibition 2016,  the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2015  Inner History, iGallery, Tokyo

          JDJHH, Mucharaum (the State Academy of Fine Arts), Karlsruhe

2014  Mother and Father, TALION GALLERY, Tokyo

2013  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2013 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi 

2012  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2012 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi

          DAIGAKU-KAIGA, Akibatamabi 21, Tokyo

          The 11th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma 

          N-TEN (Exhibition N), Art Space X, Aichi Art Center, Aichi

          SCENE 2, TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN, Tokyo

2011  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2011 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi 

          Outline 2, KAGIYA Buiding, Shizuoka / florlist_gallery N, Aichi

2010  Kiryu Saien 16, Bakery Cafe RENGA in the Former Kanaya Residence, Gunma 

          Art Award Tokyo Morunouchi 2010, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo

2009  International Workshop of Contemporary Art “Contemporary Drawing Exhibition -Views-“,

          Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

          YUKASHITA Electric, GENDAI-HEIGHTS Gallery Den, Tokyo

          7 LAB., University Hall 2F Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

2007  The 5th Haruhi Painting Biennale, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi


[Award and Grants]

2022  Arts and Culture Grant,   Nomura Foundation

2021  Arts and Culture Grant,   Nomura Foundation

2017  Overseas Study Program for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government

2014  DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship

2009  HOLBEIN Scholarship, HOLBEIN Works, Ltd., Japan

2007  Incentive prize, The 5th Haruhi Painting Biennale

Haruka Hirai official site