Tokihiro Sato


 

Tokihiro Sato (Sakata, 1957) was educated at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he studied sculpture. During his studies, like most sculptors, he started creating material objects. Gradually he developed the need to record in his work the action itself. He then realized that it was not possible to make a sculpture using the traditional means. Photography was the only way to make the sculptural process visible and tangible.

His works should therefore not be seen as photographs, but more as sculptures that are a result of his activities. First, Sato started to create images using materials that are normally not visible to us: light and atmosphere. Later on, with making new works and using different techniques, he became more and more passive while creating the image. The works, in which universal existence is an important and recurrent theme, traces of Sato’s background as a sculptor can be found. Sato wants the viewers to become aware of this.

Whereas in his earlier work Sato basically used analogue cameras and made images with a slow shutter speed in a carefully chosen arrangement, he now also focuses on digital photography in combination with old techniques and tools. A surprising new development. With digital photography, the result is immediately visible and volatility and coincidence become an important aspect in his work.

Sato’s art has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and in twice as many group exhibitions, mainly in Asia, but his work has also been exhibited in North-American galleries and museums. His work is part of 16 Japanese museum collections, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and also in the collections of museums such as the Guggenheim in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Biography

1957 Born Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
1981 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Fine Arts, BFA in Sculpture
1983 Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, MFA in Sculpture
2005 “Photo-Respiration. Tokihiro Sato Photographic,” The Art Institute of Chicago
2010 “Presence or Absence,” Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville
2014 Solo-exhibition “Presence or Absence” in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2015 Artist-in-Residence Program with students in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Minister of Education Award for “Presence or Absence” exhibition
Higashikawa International Photography Award

 

Description

Tsukudajima 1991_2017
Tokihiro Sato
90 x 150 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.500,00

Akihabara 1992_2017
Tokihiro Sato
90 x 150 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.500,00

“Camera Lucida, Tsuruoka” #33, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
30 x 38 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 3.350,00

“Camera Lucida, Tsuruoka” #8, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
30 x 38 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 3.350,00

“Camera Lucida, Tsuruoka” #37, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
30 x 38 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 3.350,00

“Camera Lucida, Tsuruoka” #4, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
30 x 38 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 3.350,00

“Camera Lucida, Tsuruoka” #34, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
30 x 38 cm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 3.350,00

“Sakura on Sakura” #12, 2018
Tokihiro Sato
1118 x 1615 mm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.600,00

“Sakura on Sakura” #16, 2018
Tokihiro Sato
1118 x 1615 mm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.600,00

“Sakura on Sakura” #24, 2018
Tokihiro Sato
1118 x 1615 mm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.600,00

“Sakura on Sakura” #6, 2018
Tokihiro Sato
1118 x 1615 mm
Pigmented ink-jet print, ed. 12
€ 18.600,00

347_-100mm

347 Hattachi, 1998
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

in-the-alpsa10-100mm

In the Alps #10, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alpsa6100mm

In the Alps #6, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

kesennuma-100mm

Kesennuma, 2013
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

kyotango3-100mm

Kyotango #3, 2013
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

musenyama2-100mm

Musenyama #2, 2013
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

nikko13-100mm

Nikko ’13, 2013
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

sapporo-1-100mm

Sapporo #1, 2000
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

sapporo2-100mm-lighter

Sapporo #2, 2000
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

shirakami-7-100mm

Shirakami #7, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (zonder lijst)
Inkt-jet kleurendruk
€ 19.476,00

shirakami2-100mm

Shirakami #2, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

shirakami3-100mm

Shirakami #3, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

shirakami4-100mm

Shirakami #4, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

shirakami8-100mm

Shirakami #8, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

shirakami9-100mm

Shirakami #9, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

shirakami10-100mm

Shirakami #10, 2008
Tokihiro Sato
1495 mm x 1835 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 19.476,00

22-100mm

No. 22, 1998
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

272-100mm

Koto-ku Aomi #272, 1996
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Pigmented ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

favoriteplace1-700px

Favoriteplace #1, 2005
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

favoriteplace2-100mm

Favoriteplace #2, 2005
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alps-4-100mm

In the Alps #4, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alps2-100mm

In the Alps #2, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alpsao-100mm

In the Alps #9, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alpsay-100mm

In the Alps #8, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alpsa5-100mm

In the Alps #5, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00

in-the-alpsa7-100mm

In the Alps #7, 2015
Tokihiro Sato
1117 mm x 1440 mm (frame not included)
Coloured ink-jet print
€ 15.260,00