for exhibition invitation, ⓒ Minako Nishiyama
Yoshimi Arts is pleased to present the solo exhibition "MINAKO NISHIYAMA / drawings" by Minako Nishiyama.
Since the late 1980s, Minako Nishiyama has been noted for creating sculptural work that intensely highlights “girl culture” with the huge piece The PINKÚ House (1991), that is reminiscent of Licca-chan’s house (something like Barbie’s house), or work that is like the backdrop for a Takarazuka stage, using pulp and paper as the main material. She is one of the figures that began making work through the unique medium of Japanese subculture.
Later, after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, she began using baking ingredients such as sugar and egg-white to create Sugar Crown (1999), or roses, to create ephemeral work that is easily destroyed. It is around this time that her work seemingly changes visually, however the nature of the work does not change, and rather that the aspects to continue pursuing “femininity” or human nature are expanded. Additionally, her works have utilized a wide range of methods and materials, such as work that began with her interest in light, “Ref-work” (ref paintings), which uses the reflection of color, murals painted directly onto the wall in which patterns and vague pink colors are visible, and works made with a camera.
This exhibition will be composed of selected work from the early 2000s to current work, focused on drawings, as well as her early sculptural work from 1989 when Nishiyama first began to take interest in the color pink, and the “Ref-work”(ref painting). The drawings are more like sketches, and are abstract, but show glimpses of the manifestations of Nishiyama’s thoughts.
Information Provided by: Yoshimi Arts
Period: January 28,2017 (Sat) 〜 February 19,2017 (Sun)
Closed: Feb 8 - 13
Venue: Yoshimi Arts