NAOTAKA HIRO (Two new video works & a new collaboration with Sid M. Duenas)

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Night and Fog, Tubes on Black Mountain, 2010 Dvd © Naotaka Hiro
Night and Fog, Two Penises, 2008 Film Still Taken From Piece Shot With Super 8 Film And Transfered To Dvd © Naotaka Hiro
NAOTAKA HIRO (Two new video works & a new collaboration with Sid M. Duenas)

805 Traction Avenue
90013 Los Angeles
May 10th, 2008 - June 7th, 2008
Opening: May 10th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Wed-Sat 12-6; or by appointment


This exhibition will include two new video pieces by Naotaka Hiro and a new collaboration with Sid M. Duenas. The first video It on It (Skinny Wire Neck), 2008, is a documentation of a performance Hiro did in which he hung a skull from the ceiling by a wire, upside down, at the height of his genitalia and applied sticky rice to the skull, attempting to make a sphere.The video shows the quick movements of a disjointed male nude, with the frame of the video disconnecting the artists’ body from his feet and his head.

The second video, Night and Fog, Two Penises, 2008, was also originally shot with Super-8 film with two channels that are projected side by side. This piece also dissects the body; placing plastic toy body parts into a non-descript landscape. In this case the body parts in the video are objects that are not attached to a human figure, it is as if they are body parts left behind from dead bodies.

The third piece, To and From is a collaboration with Sid M. Duenas, in which these the two artists explore the relationship of their personal and political cultures. With Hiro being of Japanese decent and Duenas being of Saipanese decent, they decided to travel to Saipan together and explore the location of conflict between these two countries. The resulting work is a four-part video series, shot at four historically relevant locations in Saipan.

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