- Ion Yamazaki, originally from Niigata, Japan is a visual artist currently based in Tokyo. He received his BFA in Sculpture at California State University Long Beach before moving to Atlanta to complete his MFA in Sculpture at Georgia State University in 2015. In addition to his frequent participation to various gallery exhibitions in Atlanta, Yamazaki was part of FLUX NIGHT 2013 and SOMA Summer 2014 in Mexico City. Having worked as a part-time instructor at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, he relocated to Tokyo in 2016.
- My current artistic practice explores futility and ridiculousness of everyday life. The satirical nature of my practice derives from my longing for holistic interpretation of things abundant in the contemporary culture and from my perpetual identity crisis of having being a foreigner in the United States and now being back in Japan for the first time in almost 10 years. I utilize found objects, photos and videos to visualize my complex responses to the world and also to provide multiple entry points to my concept. In the same way, I incorporate performance and audience participation to get the audience involved in my concept even more. Providing multiple ways of looking at things—implying difficulty and even impossibility to capture the whole meaning of the subjects—I try to accept and appreciate the futile.