SHIGE MORIYA

Born in Kioto (Japan), 1967
Lives & works in New York (United States)
Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade


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Originally from Kyoto, Japan (born in 1967), and now based in Williamsburg, Shige works as a video-based installation artist, creating installations of filmy sculptures that form a landscape for projected movements of color and light. His videography has been used in theater and dance productions, and a substantial amount of his work is performed live in an interdisciplinary environment often collaborating with musician, dancers and other visual artists.

His work has been presented in Japan, Finland, Vietnam and Germany. Initially working as an assistant curator at Cast Iron Gallery in Soho in 1993, 3 years later he co-founded CAVE, one of the longest-running experimental art spaces and artist collectives in Brooklyn. As curator of the gallery program of CAVE for the last 10 years, much of his time has been devoted to supporting and presenting the work of emerging visual and multi-disciplinary artists. Currently Moriya is co-director of CAVE, co-curator of the New York Butoh Festival, and a core member of performance companies LEIMAY and CAVEnsemble.

" When I stand out in a vast natural landscape, I realize that I am so small by comparison. I am in awe of the overwhelming life force of Nature. I can't discover even one appropriate word when I am engulfed by that kind of voluminous energy. Yet I respect it so much. When I create something, I always wonder if I can express even a trace of that depth. At the same time, I think that this kind of expression, which is possible through art, is better than language for a certain kind of communication.

I'm a coward. Because I want to be stable all the time. But the world goes by and changes continuously. The world transforms until my standing point is instability. When I think I have found my place, the next moment it becomes a situation that is not appropriate for me. That's why I should start to look for this ongoing change. Because, while absorbed in this state of affairs, I become interested in the moment when my sense of direction is broken. From my perspective sense of direction is something I call morality, a custom, rule, standard, etc., which can fit me easily in this society. I want to explore the kind of creation that can emerge once the way of responding based on habits formed by social norms and customs is dissolved. To create my work is to look for my place. When I see beginnings and endings in my work, I feel I exist. Art is the power of revolution, a way of direct communication without the distance and lightness of knowledge, placing the opposing processes of fermentation and of settling together."


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 FLOATING POINT -underground water II-, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, NJ
2006 FLOATING POINT -underground water-, Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
THE THINGS We STEP ON -religion-, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
2005 TIME/THE PLACE/REALIZATION, Diapason Gallery, NY (Collaboration with Grundik Kasyansky)
WALL PROJECT, Outdoor public space, Brooklyn, NY
2004 FLOATING POINT -forest-, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
WALL PROJECT, Outdoor public space, Brooklyn, NY
FLOATING POINT -fire works-, Nebuki Gallery, Osaka, Japan
TRANSFORMATION, Ishida-Taiseisha Hall, Kyoto, Japan
2001 FLOATING POINT -fire works-, NY Center for Media Arts, NY THE THINGS WE STEP ON, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
2000 FLOATING POINT ?fire & fire works-, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
1998 THE THINGS WE STEP ON, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
1996 THE THINGS WE STEP ON, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY


SELECTED GROUP & COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

2009 Byrd Hoffman, Robert Wilson Gallery, NY,
2009 CATHEDRAL -WITHIN- Watermill Center, Southampton, NY
2006 VARIETY, CPS Gallery, NY, curated by Drew Ford
2005 PEACE ATTACK, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY; Studio 84, Brooklyn, NY (Collaboration with Naoki Iwakawa)
2003 INTERVENTION, the-artist-network, NY, (Collaboration with Michael Krynski)
2002 INTERVENTION, Goethe Institute Hanoi, Vietnam (Collaboration with Michael Krynski)
FLOATING POINT ?komorebi-, Resonant Wave Festival, Berlin, Germany
2001 FLOATING POINT ?fire works-, X gallery, Harlem, NY
2000 Floating POINT ?fire works-, Swiss Institute, NY
1997 WITH CHAOS, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
1995 THE THINGS WE STEP ON, Loft Cave, South St. Seaport, NY

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

1996-2006 CAVE GALLERY PROGRAM curated 60 exhibitions and over 200 performances, at CAVE Art Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (www.caveartspace.org)
1999 EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC SERIES, Espresso Bar, Soho, NY
1998 COMFORTABLE INSANITY, Cast Iron Gallery, Soho, NY
1997 TOTAL ECLIPSE, WAH center, Brookyn, NY
1995 EMBEDDED, Cast Iron Gallery, Soho, NY
A MATERIAL, Institution of Youth, NY
A DAY OF FOCUSING, Angel Orensanz Foundation, Norita, NY
RISE & SHINE, Cast Iron Gallery, Soho, NY


SELECTED COLLABORATION PERFORMANCES -Real time video manipulation-

2009 THE TRACE OF PURPLE SADNESS, Asian Museum, SanFrancisco(with LEIMAY)
Alive1 at Judson Church(Movement Research), NY(with LEIMAY)
South America Tour with LEIMAY(Bogota-Colombia, Merida-Mexico, Mexico city-Mexico)
Alive1 at Festival Danza en la Ciudad, Bogota, Colombia
2008 FLOATING POINT -waves-, CAVE, (with Garnica LEIMAY)
EUROPE TOUR, at Barcelona, Amsterdam & Paris(with Garnica LEIMAY)
ANTIGONES, Joyce SoHo, NY(with Garnica LEIMAY)
ALIVE 1, Dixon Place, NY(with Garnica LEIMAY)
2007 WATERMILL CENTER, Residency as a member of LEIMAY
2006 SCOPE HAMPTONS, Independent Curator Award
2002 FORD FOUNDATION grant, through IIE for Artist-in-Residence program in Hanoi, Vietnam


PUBLICATIONS 2008 VIEW POINT 44, "CAVE, Butoh & NY", The Saison Foundation, Japan
2007 HNN 10 articles, Japanese web news site
2002 ART/CRITICISM (Vol. 1), "New York Art Scene", Tohshin-do co., Japan