Released a large work with a motif of phoenix and dragon. Sculptor Yushi Nishijima’s exhibition “Zui-shou – A continuation of time -” will be held from April 28 (Friday)

At the Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo), sculptor Yuji Nishijima's first large-scale solo exhibition, "Zui-shou – Continuation of Time-" will be held from Friday, April 28, 2023 to Sunday, June 4, 2023. ) will be held.

Yuji Nishijima's works form motifs by connecting parts of copper wire that he winds up in a spiral by himself. He has presented numerous sculptures and installations both in Japan and overseas, using animals that are closely related to mythology, such as deer, elephants, and yatagarasu. The works are composed of thousands of parts and woven together over a long period of time to create the depth of time. It stirs the imagination of invisible "signs" such as scenes.

This exhibition will feature three works, including a new installation. Zuisho, which is used in the title, means a harbinger or auspicious omen that auspicious things will happen. In the pandemic situation of the past few years, Nishijima arrived at the motif of "God" while imagining bright signs and hopes, and will meet together as two masterpieces, the phoenix and the dragon. Please experience the powerful space that sparkles in silence.

"Kichi-shou" 2021 Copper wire NAKANOJO BIENNALE 2021

《Exhibition Overview》
Exhibition name: Yuji Nishijima "Zui-shou – A continuation of time -"
Dates: Friday, April 28, 2023 to Sunday, June 4, 2023 * Open every day during the exhibition Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (admission until 18:30)
Admission: Free Venue: Pola Museum Annex (Pola Ginza Building 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-0061)
Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza 1-chome Station Exit 7 / 6 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station Exit A9 Sponsor: Pola Orbis Holdings Co., Ltd. *Details are subject to change due to various circumstances. Please check the latest information on the gallery website before visiting.

"Zui-un" 2022 Copper wire BIWAKO BIENNALE 2022

writer statement

I am interested in people's "existence" and their "signs".

Feel what fills the space and give it shape.
Reconfigure the space from the given shape.
The "signs" are visualized by the shapes that can be sensed through the light.

On the other hand, I think about "presence" and "presence" from the aspect of accumulation of time. The concept of time is added by using the parts of the copper wire that are twisted one by one by one's own hands to represent the time spent by oneself, and by using the accumulation to give shape.

I want to create a double structure in space by making a visual "sign" and a world constructed from the concept of time exist at the same time, and use that phenomenon to directly question the senses.

In recent years, while thinking about "existence" and "sign", he uses "God" as a motif.
I think that "God" is another name for the "sixth sense" that people perceive.

Yuji Nishijima

"Shinjin makami" 2021 Copper wire 2021 NAKANOJO BIENNALE 2021

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Yuji Nishijima

1969 Born in Kanagawa Prefecture
1993 Graduated from Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
1995 Graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Sculpture

solo exhibition
2022 "Divinity" (Choyodo Gallery Forest Ship/Gunma)
2021 "Deification" (tagboat Gallery/Ginza)
2020 "Horizontal and Vertical, Points, Lines, Planes, Time, Space and Distance" (VIENTO ARTS GALLERY/Takasaki)
2018 "Particles of Light (tagboat Gallery/ Ningyocho)
2010 “Light and Presence” (metal art museum hikarinotani/Chiba)
2009 "Contiguous Traces" (Located 1, 2, Lower Staircase/Ginza)
2008 "Signs of Presence" (Gallery ef/Asakusa)
2007 "The Shape of Happiness" (ambiente/Daikanyama)
"Persona" (Space Kobo&Tomo/Ginza)
2006 Nobo・Space Kobo&Tomo・Nobo Staircase/Ginza
2005 Galleria Grafica bis/Ginza
2004 Under the stairs / Ginza
2002 Galleria Grafica bis/Ginza

group exhibition
2022 "Dear Sir, I live here" (former Hiromori Sake Brewery / Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture)
"BIWAKO Biennale 2022" (Omihachiman City and Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture)
"Pre-BIWAKO Biennale 2022" (Former Imperial Villa Nijo Castle Kitchen/Goseisho/Kyoto)
Japanese Light x Hundred Steps (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo/Tokyo)
Art Fair GINZA tagboat × MITSUKOSHI (Ginza Mitsukoshi/Tokyo)
"newroll Select vol.1" ( newroll/Gunma)
Akagi SUNdo (Sanyazawa Akagi Shrine/Gunma)
tagboat Art Fair 2022 (Industrial Trade Center Hamamatsucho/Tokyo)
2021 "Surface (Carving) Power" ( newroll/Gunma)
"Nakanojo Biennale 2021" (Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture) ~ '11, '15, '17, '19
"TAGBOAT ART SHOW 2" (Hankyu Men's Tokyo/Tokyo)
The 22nd Japan-France Contemporary Art World Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo)
Tobi Selection Exhibition “Experience A4” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum/Tokyo)
"Art liberated area ESTA Nihonbashi" (Nihonbashi Fukushima Building/Tokyo)
"Nakanojo Biennale 2021 PRELUDE" (Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture)
"TAGBOAT ART SHOW" (Hankyu Men's Tokyo/Tokyo)
2020 "STAY SHANING" (Hankyu Men's Osaka/Osaka)
"TAGBOAT x 100 Steps Exhibition" (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Designated Tangible Cultural Property 100 Steps / Meguro)
"Art liberated area Ginza" (Ginza Takagi Building/Ginza)
2019 "Art liberated area Daikanyama" (Tenoha Daikanyama/Daikanyama)
"Group exhibition Sky 2019" (SYP/Akebonobashi)
China-Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition (53 Art Museum, Guangzhou/China)
"Nakanojo Biennale 2019 PRELUDE" (Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture)
2018 "Chiang Mai × Nakanojo Arts Exchange Exhibition [Synchronicity]" (Chiang Mai University Art Center/Thailand)
2017 "Metal Sculpture Exhibition – Takenori Hara and Twenty People" (Iriya Gallery / Iriya)
2014 "Seven Days 7 People Exhibition" (Galerie Shimon/Akatsuki/Ginza) ~'10, '11, '12, '13
2011 "RE:2011 Challenge to Inspired Things" (Ikebukuro)
2010 "Re: Process going back to 2010 – from worktable" (GALLERIA PUNTO/Ikebukuro)
"STEELERS Artists who studied in the Sculpture Metal Room of Tokyo University of the Arts vol.7" (Tennozu Central Tower)
2009 "Archives" (Shinwa Art Museum/Ginza)
2008 "RE:2008 Sculptor's Site – Case of 7 people -" (GALLERIA PUNTO/Ikebukuro)
"2D and 3D Art Exhibition by Toshiei Artists" (Saikaya/Kawasaki)
2007 "RE:2007" (GALLERIA PUNTO/Ikebukuro)
"conspiratio 4" (Lux Gallerie/Kyobashi)
"Iron Tribe 2007 Exhibit" (Burris Hall Art Gallery/New Mexico USA.)
2006 "RE:2006" (GALLERIA PUNTO/Ikebukuro)
2004 "Seven 3D Exhibition vol9" (Gallery52/Iidabashi)
2003 "DISCOVERY2003" (key gallery/Ginza)
1997 Received third prize at Concrete Art Museum Exhibition (Nagoya International Conference Center/Nagoya)
1993 "MALL EXHIBITION 1993ll" (TOKYO EAST21/Toyocho)

artist in residence
2022 "BIWAKO Biennale 2022" (Omihachiman City and Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture)
2021 "Nakanojo Biennale 2021" (Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture) – '11, '15, '17, '19
2019 China-Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition and Residency (53 Art Museum, Guangzhou/China)
2018 Chiang Mai X Nakanojo Exchange Program (Chiang Mai University Art Center/Thailand)

《Concept video》

[Pola Museum Annex] From the press release

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