Yoshihiro KIKUCHI 菊地良博

Watari, Japan
APT Beijing
Artist Social Media
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Born in 1980 in Miyagi prefecture, Yoshihiro Kikuchi graduated from the department of Visual Communication Design, Musashino Art University in 2005, and now lives and works in Miyagi and Tokyo.

Kikuchi’s works include various styles[1], such as drawing, collage, painting and installation have been principally made on the following concepts:

(1) A posteriori disorganization of traditional pan-language system by reference of linguistic theory (by extension, extraction of universal common structure in language phenomena, and its deconstruction).

(2) ‘Eroticism’ into (1) as interposition/interference.

(3) Applying ‘indeterminacy’ to (1) and (2).

(4) Elimination of own direct physicality, and extension of the indirect physicality on actions in (1), (2), and (3).

(5) Observation and fundamental re-examination of social institution by (1), (2), (3), and (4). 

Stated differently, these are intended to deconstruct values in social institutions (defined as classes of language issues) and institutional cover-ups (defined as classes of non-language issues which consist of eroticism and violence et cetera). He defines these subjects to deconstruct as the mankind's innate matters. 

Now the works via this way of conceptual setting and expression, can be related to various contemporary art contexts in term of modernism[2], but they are created with literal making processes as new criticism which would throw out the contexts to further relativizing through his inner nihilism. The processes completing with bringing in indeterminacy of automatism, random digits, and the foregoing physical elimination/extension, are due to skepticism toward trivialized personal aesthetic decision. Moreover, hopefully those works will construct radically-new linguistic structure.


1. Kikuchi has music activities in the experimental music scene with solo and international collaborated works.

2. Kikuchi knows that the Japanese have never experienced modernism, thus there is no post-modernism in this country. It's ironically Japan's exclusive historical characteristic. According to Kikuchi, this is Japan’s cultural (also political) illness that should be resolved urgently.


Selected solo exhibitions include:

Ethical Split/Aesthetic Void, AISHONANZUKA, Hong Kong (2013); Nullized Layers Inside the Institutional Coverups I, AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo (2012); Observations of Institutional Spectrum, Tokyo (2012); Mickey Mouse Funeral Shit, AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo (2009); Roman Collage, AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo (2009)

Selected group exhibitions include:

Inaugural Gallery Show, AISHONANZUKA, Hong Kong (2013); Group Show 3, AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo (2011); ASIA TOP GALLERY HOTEL ART FAIR, Hong Kong (2011);  ART FAIR TOKYO, Tokyo (2010);  YOUNG ART TAIPEI, Taiwan (2010). 

Yoshihiro Kikuchi is currently represented by AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo.



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