In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The stream is produced by a man-made pump, which draws underground water to the surface and carries it to the rice field.
The Stream VIII
by Hiroya Sakurai
Sakurai was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1958 and graduated from University of Tsukuba [M.F.A.] in 1985. Sakurai has taught at Seian University of Art and Design since 2012 as a professor.
Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust.
Sakurai was awarded at the “35th Asolo Art Film Festival (2016)”, in Italy, at the “39th Tokyo Video Festival” (2017) and at the “56th Ann Arbor Film Festival” (2018).