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Jan 28 - Feb 19, 2017
11:00-19:00, Closed | Feb 8 - 13
January Party | Jan 28, 17:00-19:00
Yoshimi Arts


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.
What lies at the center of Nishiyama’s works are, of course, the elements of “pink” and “kawaii” (cute). She describes her thoughts on “pink” in this way:

So the pink in my work around this time was consciously and very intentionally “nasty”. Less “cute” than “typical” or even “excessive”.
[…]There are brash Look at me! pinks and there are quite receding pinks you have to go after before they vanish. I’ve always created my works wondering just why I myself should prefer the faintest blush of pink, or what exactly being attracted means. Why do we think something is “cute”? This will no doubt be a lifelong pursuit of mine. Having given a lot of thought to the nature of “attraction” and just what “pink” does to people, my current conclusion-above and beyond my own personal likes-is that it’s something basic human DNA. I know I’m not the only one who likes blushing Japanese sweets or rosy sunsets. Of course everyone has individual favorites, but I just know there’s some common thread or shared core sensibility that connects us all. And it’s the search to find out what that essential human quality might be that drives me to create.

Minako Nishiyama “Minako Nishiyama / Iroiki; beyond the wall”
Kobe Design University Lecture Series II-4, Shinjuku Shobo p. 85~86
*the work of this time: The body of work around ♡Erica’s Palpitant Teleppon Club♡ (1992)

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.

*Image| for exhibition invitation


January Party | Jan 28 (sat), 17:00-19:00
Five galleries in Wakasa Bldg. and Santos Bldg. will hold party at the same time.
(Participating galleries | Calo Bookshop & Cafe, SAI GALLERY, Yoshimi Arts, The Third Gallery Aya, KOUICHI FINE ARTS)


Reference image|The PINKÚ House, 1991, photo:Kunio Oshima / Sugar Crown, 1999, photo:Yukio Yoshinari / Exhibition view: solo exhibition at Kyoyo Art Center, two works:Untitled, 2007 / Shin NAGISA Cute Up Project, 2013, Setouchi Triennale 2013, photo:Kohei Takekoshi


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
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)
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