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MINAKO NISHIYAM / wall works

Oct 24 - Nov 12, 2017
11:00-19:00, Closed on Monday
Venue | Yoshimi Arts
The artist will be at our gallery on Oct 28 and Nov 11.


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to present “MINAKO NISHIYAMA / wall works”.
Nishiyama will recreate the mural pieces she has made in various locations in the gallery space of Yoshimi Arts.
Nishiyama began creating her sugar sculptures in the late 90’s, and around the time she completed Sugar Crown (1999), she began creating murals as well. The roses or rococo patterns that often appeared in her backdrop-style works were abstracted and incorporated into her murals, which, starting out seemingly like samplings of decorations, was gradually simplified into a drawing like that which was drawn with a single, continuous line. On the other hand, the process of the erasing what has been drawn on gallery or studio walls (in other words, applying white paint over it) created an effect that the more faint the pink that is seen through the layers of white paint is, the more it draws the viewer’s attention with its enchanting power. These experiences led to the creation of murals that are exceedingly close to “nothingness.”
When she first created the two vague, pink mountains on the wall, the fact that she had to squint to make out the image made her wonder for a moment whether this was substantial as a work. These colors, which barely register in our perceptions, trigger optical illusions of the other side that even bewitches the position of the viewer.
The "wall works", mural works shown in the exhibition, are ephemeral, and their life is limited to the three-week duration of the show. A fleeting life that will disappear thereafter.

image | for exhibiton invitation


reference image |left|"Cafe in Mito 2011" (Art Tower Mito/Mito)
upper right|solo exhibition "Pink Vacancy" 2004 (Shiseido Gallery/Tokyo)
lower right|"On the Exhibition Room" 2015 (CAS/Osaka)


Minako Nishiyama
1965 Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
1989 BA Kyoto City University of Arts
1991 MA Kyoto City University of Arts
1997 Six-month residency in New York supported by the Asian Cultural Council
2003 Banff Creative Residency, Canada
Lives and works in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Solo Exhibitions
2017 "MINAKO NISHIYAMA / drawings" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2009 "i-ro-i-ki" (Gareria Punto Zero/Okayama)
2008 "i-ro-i-ki" (Kodama Gallery/Tokyo)
2007 "i-ro-i-ki" (Kyoto Art Center/Kyoto)
  "Ref-paintingsI" (Gareria Punto Zero/Okayama)
2006 "i-ro-i-ki" (Kodama Gallery/Osaka)
2005 "i-ro-i-ki" (Kodama Gallery/Tokyo)
  "RED roomI" (Gareria Punto/Okayama)
2004 "illuminé" (Kodama Gallery/Osaka)
  "Pink Vacancy" (Shiseido Gallery/Tokyo)
2003 "A Hundred Flowers Fell. So I Heard, So I Saw..." (Gallery Eve/Tokyo)
2002 "Sweet Dream" (Mitsubihi - Jisho ARTIUM/Fukuoka)
  "MINAKO NISHIYAMA" (Gallery Shimada/Tokyo)
2000 "MINAKO NISHIYAMA:destiny of Sugar Crown" (Gallery Shimada/Tokyo)
1999 "MINAKO NISHIYAMA" (Gallery Shimada/Tokyo)
1997 "Pink ♥ PiNk ♥ PinK" (Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City/Hyogo)
1995 "Curator's Eye '95" (Gallery NY House/Tokyo)
1994 "MINAKO NISHIYAMA" (Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot/Paris)
1993 "MINAKO NISHIYAMA" (Gallery Shimada/Tokyo)
1992 "♡ Erica's Palpitant Teleppon Club ♡" (Photo Interform/Interform Contemporary/Osaka)
1991 (Gallery 16/Kyoto)
1989 (Shinanobashi Gallery/Osaka)
1988 (Art Space Niji/Kyoto)

Group Exhibitions

2016 "stereotypical" (Gallery PARC/Kyoto)
2015 "Kawaii" (University for the Creative Arts Farnham/UK)
  "On the Exhibition Room" (CAS/Osaka)
  "Oita Toilennale 2015" (Oita)
2014 "Changing" (Takamatsu City Museum of Art/Kagawa)
  "Kyoto Seika University and Hongik University Sculpture Exhibition" (Gallery Fleur, Kyoto
  Seika University/Kyoto)
  "Rokko Meets Art 2014" (Hyogo)
2013 "Rokko Meets Art 2013" (Hyogo)
  "Setouchi Triennale 2013" (Kagawa)
  "All You Need Is LOVE" (Mori Art Museum/Tokyo)
2012 "AIR 3331" (3331 Arts Chiyoda/Tokyo)
2011 "Cafe in Mito 2011" (Art Tower Mito/Mito)
2009 "Knit Cafe in My Room by Mitsuharu Hirose and Minako Nishiyama" (21st Century Museum of
  Contemporary Art, Kanazawa/Ishikawa)
  "Art Tells the Times: Works by WomenArtists" (Shiseido Gallery/Tokyo)
2007 "Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan" ( Long March Space/Beijing;
  Guangzhong Museum of Art/Guangzhou) 
2006 "Take me with you" (Circulo de Bellas Artes/Madrid, etc.)
  "The Force of Sculpture" (CASO/Osaka)
  "collection I" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa/Ishikawa)
2005 "Rosa! the Exposed Color: Pink" (Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Muaeum, Tokyo
  University of the Arts/Tokyo)
  "ignore your perspective" (Kodama Gallery/Tokyo)
  "Animate: Anime in Japanese and Korean Contemporary Art (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
  /Fukuoka; Sungkok Art Museum/Seoul)
2004 「OFFICINA ASIA」 (Palazzo dell'Arengo/Rimini, Italy)
  "Takarazuka: The Land of Dreams, Suntory Museum Tempouzan/Osaka; Tokyo Opera City Art
  Gallery/Tokyo; Sogo Museum/Yokohama)
2003 "party" (CAP HOUSE/Kobe)
2002 "A ★ MUSE ★ LAND 2003" (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art/Sapporo)
  "Our Hero & Heroine Show" (Otaru City Museum of Art/Otaru)
2001 "Promenade in Asia: Cute" (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito/Mito)
2000 "Let's Entertain" (Walker Art Center/Minneapolis; Portland Art Museum/Portland; Centre
  GeorgesPompidou/Paris; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg/Wolfsburg; Miami Art Museum/Miami)
1999 "Art Sweet Home" (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)
1998 "The Manga" (Museum of Contemporary Art/Tokyo)
1997 "De-genderism" (Setagaya Art Museum/Tokyo)
1992 "Private Diaries 10 Japanese Young Artists" (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito/Mito)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Takamatsu City Museum of Art