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Hiroshi Kobayashi

Hiroshi Kobayashi
Patagraph\Patagram is an expanded interplay between visual, computational, physical and material languages.
During his residency at PICA, Hiroshi Kobayashi sets out to examine relationships between personal memories and mass products through the development of a method that connects these languages while preserving their uniqueness, including responsive/interactive digital platforms and traditional paint materials.
Patagraph is a unique printing/painting method developed by the artist using a repurposed cutting plotter combined with a pneumatic (pressurized air) dispenser and needle, in order to mark out vectorized (computerised) paths for the painting of lines and dots on canvas. ‘Patagram’ is derived from the linguistic term ‘paragram’, a pun made by changing the letters of a word. The title’s play on words opens up multiple readings and creates a phonic pattern with an emphasis on the physicality of sound. Kobayashi is interested in this concept as it highlights a play with language systems already widely distributed.
The public are invited to contribute to Kobayashi’s residency by submitting toys for 3D scanning and printing (painting) using this unique method. The resulting 3D models of the toys will be uploaded online allowing for further interaction. The scanning and printing process will be documented via a time-lapse video, which will be shared to the public during the artist’s Open Studio event.


Hiroshi Kobayashi investigates time, duration and the perception of depth in painting via digitised photographic images and 3D models. The invention of his own production equipment form an essential part in the creation of his visual forms.
Hiroshi Kobayashi has a B.F.A from Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan) and a M.F.A from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York (United States). Since completing his studies in 1995, Kobayashi has exhibited in Taipei, Seoul, New York, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Beijing. Recent solo exhibitions include Paper Mountain (2018), and Heathcote Museum and Gallery (2019). He has undertaken residencies in Canada, USA, France and the Netherlands. In 2015, Kobayashi migrated to Perth and currently works from the Artsource’s OCH studios in Fremantle. He has been a finalist in the 2018 Albany Art Prize, the Perth Royal Art Prize, the 2018, 2019 and 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, and the 2020 Joondalup IAP.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.