WABA WABA WABA POMPAKLEEN

PEE-KARA PEE-KARA WASHI WABA

CHOB CHOB POMPAKLEEN

CHON CHON BUBUCHON WABA WABA

CUCUMBER

 

Huhtamaki Wab's practice operates within an animistic and non-anthropocentric world where interconnected spirits and humans populate landscapes to create ecstatic realities. Complex entanglements between persons and landscapes create a rich ecology of non-hierarchical relations. These depictions are situated within the lineage of representations of animistic belief from his birthplace of Japan, in wide-reaching references from contemporary manga to ukiyo-e prints of the Edo period. Wab's mixed heritage offers connection with themes of unbelonging and explores this often complex and difficult space through humour, play and radical ownership of semantic material within the work. They also look and reflect upon personal experiences of hearing voices and addiction, acting not only as a critically engaged practice but also a means for recovery and relearning. A part of this relearning is resisting and decolonising ways of looking and seeing, manifest in ways of understanding these personal experiences and the way we collectively view the myriad of life-worlds around us.

Born in Tokyo, 1984, Graduated Chelsea College of Arts, 2008. Lives and works in Cornwall, UK 

UPCOMING/CURRENT

2022 - South West Showcase, PCA Gallery, Plymouth UK, SOLO

2022 - Hospital Rooms Commision, Torbay Hospital, UK

PAST

2021 - Neck of The Wood, (group show), Switzerland

2021 - Estival at Weven Shop. (group show), Stroud, UK June 19th - 3rd July

2021 - Glasgow International  -  Don't let the Bastards Grind you Down, Liv Fontaine, Paul Kindersley and Huhtamaki Wab,                   Skypark, Glasgow, June 11th - 27th

2020/21 "Why do you follow my son around?"

              "Because I like mites"

               - Edible and Non-edible persons of waba and pompakleen.   Exeter Phoenix, UK, SOLO

2021 - Residue of Ghosts and Offerings, UK

2021 -  For the many , not the few, Guts Gallery, Online group show

2020 - Goose Summer. Online Group Show

2020 - Rame Projects Residency, Cornwall, UK                         

2020 - Moving Forward, Ariel Centre, Devon, UK                          

2020- Encounter with the Monolith /Vorspiel, Backsteinboot Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

2019 - Got it for Cheap/Velvet Ropes, House of Vans, London, UK                                                                              

2019 - Barbara Wesolowska and Huhtamaki Wab. Unit 21, Penarth Centre. London, UK

2019 - Blackwing Studio, London, UK 

2018  - 50A.D “Efrin Everywhere” Vevey, Switzerland                                                 

2018 - Create Pembrokeshire Residency, Wales, UK  

2018 - Church Painting Show Part 1, London, UK 

PUBLICATIONS

2021 - La Tranchee Racine, France 

2021 - Mobile Soils, Published by Teti, Switzerland

2021 - Underpinned by the Movement of Freighter, UK

Screenings

2020 - Art Work Exeter Film Commission - Edible Person

2019 - Cabbage, CCA Glasgow, UK                                                                    

2018 - Safa, London, UK

2018 - Cabbage - Junk Space, Glasgow, UK                                         

2017 - Mount Florida Screenings, Glasgow, UK 

Genius Treasure Collection 

2020 - Plymouth Art Weekender, UK

2018 - 2019, Genius Treasure Museum, London, UK 

2018 - GTC Paintings, Lara Project Space, London, UK

2017 - Selected works from collection - Lima Zulu, London, UK