Teiji Hayama is a Japanese artist currently living and working in Switzerland.When he became 18, he left Japan and moved to London where he graduated the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.Hayama exhibits his work regularly in galleries and Art Fairs throughout the world.
Teiji Hayama’s depicted characters are here in their twisted, grey-scale glory, forcing us to meditate on what it means to interact with the notion of celebrity in a digital age.
Hayama finds the process by which a celebrity becomes stratospherically famous extremely interesting. It appears to be a mixture of hard work and meticulous social maintenance, something that was also adopted by the likes of Marylin Monroe, Liz Taylor, Elvis Presley…
The majority of Hayama’s subjects have been plucked from the silver screen, they depict the elongated, amorphous figures of some of America’s most iconic stars. The detachment in their gaze belies a kind of purgatorial exhaustion, as if continuing to exist in the digital, retweeted realm after death is a considerably taxing experience.
However, Hayama’s work is not just about celebrity, it’s about how we interact with fame and what fame is in a contemporary setting.
With the emergence of wide scale social media interaction, the prophetic Warhol adage that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” looks increasingly apt.
Hayama’s work is about the exhaustion felt by us all as we carefully curate our digital personas.