Projects

From Stone to Sand

2017
This participatory exhibit fills the gallery with stones that change each day of the exhibit according to different patterns of “flow”. These patterns are derived from two different places: Yame and Fukuoka. The unique time and space of each place determined the pathways in this historical art space which has seen diverse utility over the past century. The metaphor of “from stone to sand” opens a new perspective on time that is informed by the layers which support our everyday life in between one place and another.

Eight Layers of Dirt

2016
This work is composed of interviews with eight women, four of whom live in Fukuoka and four who live in Yame. The artist spoke with each of the women about their life stories, focusing on the complicated relationship they each have with the place they live. As these conversations unfold, the spirit of each place gradually comes into view from the ground up. The unique stories collected here provide a glimpse at the current layers of the land seen through the eyes of eight strong women.

World Dirt Association

2014-present
Artists James Jack, Yoshitaka Nanjo and Shotaro Yoshino formed World Dirt Association based on 9 principles…

Dalat Window
Cu Chi Window

2014
Dirt is a part of us. Just as our body is composed of cells, organs and systems—so too is the earth. This fragile earth supports our life, yet we often separate ourselves from it. Art provides one method for healing our fractured relationship with the land we inhabit. It gives us a glimpse into a window of earth, where the possibility to rediscover ourselves inside the beautiful dirt exists.

Solvitur Ambulando

2013
“Is the wider Pacific Ocean a boundless space—inviting anyone to navigate it freely, its definition open to negotiation? Or is it a fragmented entity; isolated by its own terrain, privatized bodies of water, and imagined territories? It is unknown until we make the journey ourselves.”

Miniature Landscape for O‘ahu

2011
Mountains were sculpted by numerous participants from soil samples collected in on the island of O‘ahu. Together these sculpted forms create a miniature landscape winding from interior to exterior spaces of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Bicircling

2008

[‘bî-sér-cl’’ng]

Verb, (trans.) Philosophical investigation by riding a bicycle in a circle.
 Bircircling events were held in San Francisco, Beijing, Miami, Portland and Tokyo. An exhibition was held at Beppu-Wiarda Gallery in Portland, Oregon.