Born in Akita, Japan, 1964, currenlry based in LA, USA
HEARTBEAT DRAWING PROJECT
Ever since 1995, SASAKI has been obsessively continuing to produce HEARTBEAT DRAWING, in which he records the heartbeats. Today the 5million-strong community shares the heartbeat which is now 20 million and counting. To be shared the drawings by people and in spaces is also the artwork for the HEARTBEAT DRAWING project. (Drawing his originally created pen or air-brush in red ink and other materials, he solely devotes to inscribe and record the heartbeat. Individual drawing as a fragment of his entire activity shows the fine lines of the red ink forming a dense sort of net that support a figure, suggesting the unlimited expanse of life.)
"Beat of the Heart" - the fundamental on which life in this world is given continuity, the essence of "living" as we all recognize. It is the proof of the living in the 'now' and the bond "shared" by all forms of life. "Sharing-owning" of the Drawing is about participating in this ever expansive project where one shares with others "life" as a continuous element. HEARTBEAT DRAWING project is progressing with the heartbeats of human beings in the world.
Selected exhibitions are as follows; In 1999 The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, USA. In 2000 "To Call Me You", Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. In 2001 "To People All Over The World" 2001- Gallery 360°, Tokyo, Japan. In 2006 "LIFE", Contemporary Art Center-Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan. In 2007 "Zero Hour" Vine Space, London. In 2008 Hebel_121, Basel, Switzerland, "Wall to Wall", Filosofgangen, Odense, Denmark, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal. "Form of Time", Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), Kagawa, Japan. In 2009 A Starting Point: Intrude Art & Life 366, Dynamics of change and growth, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China. In 2010 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. There are many other exhibitions in Japan and abroad. In 2011 The 54th Biennale di Venezia, "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Venice, Italy.
in 2004 Awarded Encouragement Prize "VOCA 2004", Japan. in 2008, Awarded the Fellowship of Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government.
Since 2007, he has also started to perform the interactive live performance (performative drawing) that he draws ‘portraits’ of people’s heartbeats. Currently SASAKI is based in Los Angeles to widen the field of his activity
(For more information: www.heartbeatdrawing.net)