Opening reception for Nobuhito Nishigawara’s solo exhibition at Tally Beck ContemporaryThe Art Dossier on August 29, 2012 with 0 Comments
Persona: Nobuhito Nishigawara’s Solo Exhibition
September 5 – November 11, 2012
Persona is a new exhibition of multimedia works by California-based Japanese artist Nobuhito Nishigawara. The artist pairs sculptural pieces with pigment prints as a metaphor for semiotic shifts. Nishigawara mines the iconography of Ancient Japanese and Mesopotamian artifacts to explore the effects of repurposing and meaning reassignment.
Born in Nagoya in 1974, Nishigawara spent his formative years in Japan before relocating to the United States. His life experience led to his fascination with hybrid identities and overlapping narratives, and he investigates these issues in his sculpture/photography pairs. He re-imagines Japanese haniwa, the terracotta figures that adorned the posts around ancient burial mounds. During the Kofun period (3rd to 6th century CE), haniwa were created in human and zoomorphic forms and provide insight on the customs and practices of the period. Nishigawara pays homage to these and other ancient forms and removes them from an archeological context to call into question their perception and interpretation.
Nishigawara’s work was featured at Tally Beck Contemporary’s booth at artMRKT Hamptons and will also be shown at Art Asia Miami in December.