Hiroaki Hasumi

Hiroaki Hasumi ⁄ 蓮見浩明

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Hiroaki Hasumi has been wondering what humans are born for. He was a motorcycle test driver and working hard. He thought it was a right job for him. Thanks to the job, he was lucky to find the meaning of his existence from the early days. But there was always danger in this job. He had passed through many dangers on several occasions and had a brush with death. Every time he experienced the danger, some miraculous power occurred and helped him out the danger. And then he heard someone’s voice, saying, “Not now. You still have a lot of things to do. Don’t die.” Eventually, he got an opportunity to see fine art photography. He thought it was a gift from God. It might be his new role to contribute to people with photography and be a chance to move on to the next stage. When he takes photographs, he tries to find hidden spirituality of Japanese in the object. His creative style is greatly influenced by his mysterious experiences which he had been through.
Exhibition history:
-ERARTA MUSEUM / St Petersburg, Russia (Scheduled in 2020)
-THE BID Art Space / Pesaro, Italy (2019)
-NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY / Novosibirsk, Russia (2019)
-SHATTO GALLERY / Los Angeles, U.S.A. (2019)

何のために生まれてきたのか。蓮見浩明は若くして二輪のテストライダーという命を懸ける仕事を得たことで、自分の存在意義を早くに見つけることができました。但し、その仕事には危険がつきまといます。「もうだめだ!」と思った瞬間が何度もありましたが、その度に不思議な力が働き危険な状況から脱することができました。そのとき「お前にはまだやることがある」という声を聞いたと言います。やがて彼はファインアート写真に出会いました。それは人々への貢献のために神様が彼に与えた次なる役割だと思いました。被写体の中に隠れた日本人の霊性を探る彼の創作スタイルはこれまでの不思議な体験が大きく影響しています。
出展履歴
2019年イタリア・ペーサロのTHE BID Art Spaceで開催された「LANDSCAPES. East meets West International Group Show」に出展。ロシアのNOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHYに招待。ロサンゼルスのSHATTO GALLERYに出展。2020年にはロシア・サンクトペテルブルグのエルータ美術館で展示予定。

Projects

Hiroaki Hasumi’s artworks have common theme; “Japanese spirituality.” Japanese people have believed that God exists in everything and he appears in this world in human form. Also, sometimes people would be worshipped as God when he/she died. Hasumi thinks that these ideologies have made Japanese spirituality thoughts since the ancient times. Western people, on the other hand, believe there is one God, so that this idea of Japanese people might be hardly accepted. People usually get nervous when they see others who are different from them. However, vigilance decreases when people get to know each other. Hasumi has been making artworks with the theme of cherry blossoms and kare-sansui, or Japanese gardens. In his photographs, he tries to express indwelling spirituality of Japanese. He hopes his artworks can be the first step toward making the world with no conflicts and people in the world expand the interests in other cultures and understand each other.

蓮見浩明の作品の共通するテーマは「日本人の精神性」です。日本人には「神が人になり、人が神になる」そして「万物に神が宿る」という宗教観があり、それが長い歴史の中で醸成された感覚が日本人の精神性です。欧米の絶対神を持つ人たちと全く違う感覚であるが故に理解されにくいことでもあります。人間は自分と違う相手を自然と警戒します。但し、自らの内面を表に出す人に対しては警戒心が薄れていきます。彼は桜や枯山水(日本の庭園)などをモチーフにして、そこに内在する日本人の霊性を解き明かしています。それによってお互いが異文化に対する関心と理解を高め、争いのない未来を実現するための第一歩となることを彼は願っています。

Snake and Centipede (2019- )
There is a legendary forest where a giant snake and a huge centipede had fought. The story of the brave warriors inspired Hiroaki Hasumi. He tries to unravel what a legend means to Japanese people in his photography
ある森に巨大な蛇とムカデの戦いの伝説がある。蓮見浩明がその森で感じたものは勇敢な戦士たちの物語であった。彼は日本人にとって伝説とは何かを紐解いていく。
・Media Size: 344x329mm(13.5x13in), Image Size: 254x254mm(10x10in), Edition:10
・Media: Hahnemuhle FainArt Baryta Paper + Archival pigment print
・Number of worksː 22
・Project progressː Ongoing

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SAKURAISM -with Fukushima- (2019- )
In 2011, Hiroaki Hasumi visited Fukushima to see the old cherry blossom. This place was just only 50 kilometers far from the nuclear power plant meltdown. Surprisingly, there were so many people came to see the cherry blossom. He felt special power of cherry blossoms at that time. Cherry blossoms never fail to bloom in spring after the severe winter. People might get the courage to survive from the cherry tree. Now Hiroaki Hasumi is convinced that Fukushima will recover from the devastating earthquake as long as the cherry blossom stands there.
2011年、私はメルトダウンした原子力発電所からわずか50kmのところにある古い桜を訪れました。驚くことにそこには多くの人々が集まっていたのです。そのとき私は桜の持つ特別な力を知りました。厳しい冬を乗り越えて春なれば必ず咲く桜の姿に人々は生きる勇気をもらっていたのです。私はここに桜がある限り福島は必ず復興すると確信したのです。
・Media Size: 279x356mm(11x14in), Image size: 203x254mm(8x10in), Edition:10
・Media: Japanese traditional handmade paper (Washi)
・Number of worksː 18
・Project progressː Ongoing

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Samadhi(2019-)
Kare-sansui or dry landscape garden is the Japanese traditional gardens, which only uses rocks and white sand to express mountains and water abstractly. While Hasumi Hiroaki was sitting down in front of the garden, he was led to the deep world of meditation and filled his imagination. Then he realized that Kare-sansui can release us from the sufferings of the material world.
枯山水は石と砂のみで山水を抽象的に表現する日本庭園である。蓮見浩明はその庭園の前で深い瞑想の世界へと導かれ、想像力を膨らませていった。そして枯山水は物質社会の苦悩から人々を救うためにあることに気づいた。
・Media Size: 279x356mm(11x14in), Image size: 203x254mm(8x10in), Edition:10
・Media: Japanese traditional handmade paper (Washi)
・Number of worksː 27
・Project progressː Ongoing

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