Ko Ikrt Artist Statement
Kirk Yamahira is a Seattle based artist from New York City. Kirk has been a member of lower east-side NY based international artist collective group "the Con-Artist" since 2011, participated several art events such as The Life catching Project: a collaboration between Con-Artist and NBC Universal that found and exhibited emerging contemporary artists. The artist also works with NY based interior designers, participated a charity events "Design on a Dime" for 2011~2013. On September 2013, Kirk founded a japanese artist collective group ART BEASTIES based in NYC. The collective seeks to broaden and deepen the understanding of contemporary Japanese art, promoting individuality and diversity of aesthetics separate from dominant exported Japanese pop-culture, offer the audience a view into the works of artists whose practice centers on the individual and academic exploration of self-identity; artists brought together by a common goal of expanding the context of what it means to be a artist in a global world.
2017/1/5-2/ "Decontruction" Integrus Architecture / A Gallery, Seattle, WA 2016/7/8-9 street bean, Seattle, WA 2016/6/12-present REVOLUTION, Seattle, WA 2016/6/1-6/5 ART BEASTIES, Hyōgo, JP ART BEASTIES presents, The Hyōgo Prefectural Museum gallery section experimental group exhibition 2016/4/7-6/3 ZEITGEIST, Seattle, WA 2016/2/4-present "surfacetication", Minneapolis MN Gallery13 presents 2015/5-present "untitled", NY New York DUNE NY presents 2015/4/2-5/2 "Time Defference" by ART BEASTIES, Seattle, WA ART BEASTIES presents, SOIL gallery - experimental group exhibition 2015/4/2-4/5 POPUP by ART BEASTIES, Seattle, WA ART BEASTIES presents, Prole Drift gallery - experimental group exhibition 2014/9/26-9/28 "ART BEASTIES 1ST ANNIVERSARY", Dumbo, NY ART BEASTIES presents, OPEN STUDIO - experimental exhibition 2014/4/1-4/16 "ISO 216" Conartist presents, collaboration between NY / London artist Conartist presents, conartist gallery / the test space gallery london 2014/3/18-3/22 "Fluid Destination" ART BEASTIES 2nd group exhibition, Lower Eastside, NY Curated by Sessa Englund 2014/1/29-1/31 "Introductions" ART BEASTIES group exhibition, Brooklyn, NY Curated by Sessa Englund 2013/11/7-11/29 AS group exhibition, Dumbo, Brooklyn New York, NY Curated by Jill Conner 2013/7/17-7/23"Problematic", Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn New York, NY Curated by Sessa Englund 2013/4/25-4/27"Design on a DIME 2013", Metropolitan Pavillion, Chelsea New York, NY Represented by Shields Company/ Tyler Design 2013/3/13-4/3"Slap", Adhesives & Egos a DIY Sticker Exhibition, New York, NY Represented by ConArtist 2013/2/8-2/15"Real Time", Chelsea Private Studio New York, NY Represented by AS Studio / Group Exhibition 2012/9/13-12/8"C'EST QUOI LA FEMME?", Tria Gallery New York, NY Group Exhibition 2012/9/8-9/20"CONNIVAL", New York, NY Represented by Chashama / Group Exhibition by member of ConArtist 2012/7/25-9/9"20+ Artist Summer Show", WIP New York, NY Group Exhibition by member of ConArtist 2012/6/13-6/27"You Are My Favorite", ConArtist Collective Gallery New York, NY Group Exhibition Curator: IRKT 2012/4/26-4/28"Design on a Dime", New York, NY Represented by Shields & Company Interior Design, NY 2012/4/18-4/22"12th Annual Affordable Art Fair New York", New York, NY Represented by Tria Gallery, NY at Booth #F-8