Taishi Hatayama was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1992. Hatayama completed a MFA in painting at Tama Art University in 2017. Hatayama explores the idea of the unseen “atmosphere” and “presence” that we feel in places of nature, and attempts to turn these physical sensations into concrete visuals. His works represent an intangible world, guided by what he calls “primordial perception”, a form of sensory perception our physical bodies are inherently equipped with. In 2014, Hatayama received both the Outstanding Performance Award and the special jury prize (Kohei Nawa Award) at the inaugural CAF ART AWARD for his signature white-toned paintings. The artist’s practice incorporates a range of motifs including the idea of umwelt, or the world as experienced by particular organisms, in relation to various natural phenomena; networks formed by plants and diverse bio life; and a new form of nature in the contemporary era that incorporates digitality and AI. Hatayama’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘Primordial Perception’ (2020, EUKARYOTE, Tokyo), and ‘Astray in Time’ (2017, SEZON ART GALLERY, Tokyo). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Demonstrations of Rejoicing’ (2020, Akibatamabi 21, Tokyo), ‘attunement’ (2020, The 5th Floor, Tokyo), Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art (2020, Meiji Shrine Museum, Tokyo), and ‘Memory of Retina −Mythology−’ (2018, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan).
There definitely exists an air or presence that my body perceives and yet my eyes can’t see. Even if it can be felt, it’s hard to express what that is since it’s indescribable. However, just because it’s indefinable doesn’t mean it can be dismissed. I want to be sensitized to what I sense at the place where I stand,
the place where I undeniably exist. I’d like to sharpen my sensitivity to my own authentic presence, experiencing it as a creative step before it gets structuralized. Primordial perception is what affirms my presence in this world.
Taishi Hatayama’s work reminds me of a blueprint of masterpiece architecture.
By deciphering and having a deeper understanding of the design, a finely detailed and intricate blueprint allows us to build the structure in our mind.
Similarly, by standing in front of his painting, gazing at it, we get an access to a fragment of the world that only he is able to see – the world that sometimes brightly shines, and the other times shrouded in darkness.
Recommended by Kunihiko Matsuba
Principal of TYRANT Inc., First-Class Registered Architect