- Ion Yamazaki, originally from Niigata, Japan is a visual artist currently based in Atlanta. 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 himself 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 as being a foreigner in my own country. I utilize both found and my original photos, videos, and objects to visualize my response to the world so that I can express its complexity and provide multiple entry points for the viewer. In the same way, I incorporate performance and audience participation to get the audience involved with my concept even more. Providing alternative ways of reading on a subject in a chaotic manner—implying difficulty and even impossibility to capture the whole meaning of the subject—I try to accept and appreciate the mundaneness of our life.