Koji Ryui makes sculptures in response to commonplace materials, inviting a deep contemplation of the ordinary that transcends its physicality with minimal gestures and a playful sensibility. Blurring the border between animate and inanimate, seen and unseen, Ryui mischievously explores the delicate space between formal reality and human perception through subtle and often humorous interventions.
Since his inclusion in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual exhibition of emerging artists, Primavera, in 2006, Koji has been represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at contemporary art galleries and museums such as Artspace, Sydney, Gertrude contemporary art spaces, MUMA, Melbourne, and PICA, Perth. In 2013 Ryui exhibited in Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt, at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, which significantly marked his first exhibition in the country of his birth. In 2015, Ryui participated in the exhibition Unmapping the end of the world as part of 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, where a group of fifteen artists walked the UNESCO national heritage listed sites in Australia, Japan and Italy exploring three of the most archaeologically significant locations and artefacts. This was followed by the Australian Council Skills and Arts development grant to undertake the Tokyo residency program investigating ritualistic spaces in Shinto Animism and Zen, as well as the prestigious 2016 one-year studio at Artspace, Sydney.
Moai, 2009, foil, timber
Photos: Ian Hobbs
All images courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney