10 Questions: Hiro Sakaguchi

Great Wall, 2011. Oil and acrylic on canvas

10 Questions is a recurring feature that asks artists and other cultural figures about their work, lives, and personal insights into the contemporary art world.

Hiro Sakaguchi creates fictional realms working in a variety of media. He recently exhibited his work in the group show All Together Now at The Galleries at Moore, and he is included in the Centennial Juried Exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum on view through January 13.

1. Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?

When I am watching movies, reading books, or daydreaming.

2. What’s your art-world pet peeve?

It is too small for all artists.

3. Who is an artist that you think hasn’t received enough recognition?

Here in the states: Makoto Aida

4. What’s your favorite place to see art?

MassMOCA

5. What’s the last show to surprise you? Why?

Katharina Grosse at MassMOCA because of the size of the installation and the dissolving boundary between the art object and its environment.

6. What’s the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in a museum or gallery?

I went to an art opening, and no one was drinking.

7. What’s the worst piece of art you’ve ever made?

Self-Portrait as Batman

8. What’s the last great book you read?

Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton

9. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Eating hand-drawn noodles at Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House in Chinatown.

10. What’s an idea for a work of art that you’ve thought about making but never will?

Invisible airplane project (inspired by Wonder Woman & the Philadelphia Experiment)

About Hiro:

Hiro Sakaguchi was born in Nagano, Japan and grew up in Chiba City, near Tokyo. He moved to the United States in the 1990s to study art at the University of the Arts, where he earned his BFA and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he earned his MFA. Sakaguchi has shown in over thirty-five solo and group exhibitions at venues worldwide including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Galerie Hübner + Hübner, Frankfurt; Secession, Vienna; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. His work has also been exhibited by the Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, in its booths at PULSE Art Fair in Miami and at the Melbourne Art Fair in Australia. In addition to exhibiting his own work, Sakaguchi has orchestrated curatorial projects including Useless Weapon at the Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago, I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind at Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, and Caution: Art in Here at Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio, Philadelphia. His work is included in both public and private collections worldwide, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Woodmere Art Museum. Sakaguchi is represented by Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia.

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