Nobuyuki Osaki, Multiple Lighting

2018.04.21 - 2018.05.26
untitled album photo, 2017

 Yuka Tsuruno Gallery is pleased to present Multiple Lighting, a solo exhibition by Nobuyuki Osaki, from April 21 to May 26. In his first exhibition at the gallery in three years, Osaki will present works that address the ambiguity triggered by the expression of “disappearance of images”, as well as the fluidity of time and memory.

 Departing from his interest in the world around him and how it is perceived, Osaki has been exploring how to express “uncertainty of reality”. Through unique materials and production methods he developed, he has been posing questions on the fictionality and reality of society by using the phenomenon and the process of the “disappearance of images”. In recent years, reflecting on how the prediction of the future or the past events are assumed as “reality”, he has produced works that profoundly examine the ambiguity of images as well as memory and time, and trigger feelings such as vagueness or nostalgia.

 Based on such reflections, this exhibition presents untitled album photo (2016-2018) series which captured the moment the drawings he produced melt away, Observer which is an installation using mirrors, and Invisible/Visible/Unseen (2015), an installation work including “unseen” paintings that utilize techniques of printmaking and classical painting. The title of this exhibition Multiple Lighting refers to the “moving spotlight theory” of Dr. Bradford Skow of MIT, which claims that “the past, the present and the future exist simultaneously, and the present moves through that space as though it is following a moving spotlight”. The mirrors installed in the exhibition space reflect the ever-changing present as light. The works that connect multiple times and spaces that are both “past” and “future”, and the image that cannot be seen from the “present” propose s the possibility of fluid “past/present/future” that exists in parallel instead of the liner time.

 The space consisting of works produced in various methods suggests the possibility of parallel worlds instead of fixed “past/present/future”. In other words, it suggests “the present illuminated by the spotlight that has an infinite possibility”. Through the “space” between various dualities brought forward by the expression, such as “existence/non-existence”, “disappear/indelible”, “visible/invisible” and “light/darkness”, it becomes the mechanism for reflecting on this world.  Nobuyuki Osaki

 These series have been exhibited in Germany, Aichi prefecture where Osaki is based, and the Kansai region. However, this is their first presentation in Tokyo. Developed along with the changes in the environment around the artist and his perception, they are the space for the sensory experiment for exploring the possibility of the future changing the past instead of the past producing the future.

Artist Profile

Born in 1975 in Osaka. Nobuyuki Osaki received BFA in Print Making from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1998, and MFA from Graduate School of Kyoto City University of Arts in 2000. Recent exhibitions include Haut. Mythos und Medium (Kunsthaus, Hambrug, 2011), NEW PHASES in CONTEMPORARY PAINTING – A Curator’s Message 2012 (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 2012), The Position 2012 (Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, 2012), VOCA 2013 (honorable mention/ Ueno Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2013), CONSTELLATIONS: Practice for Unseen Connections/ Discoveries (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015) and Noemi Weber/ Nobuyuki Osaki (Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany, 2017).

Exhibition Outline

Nobuyuki Osaki, Multiple Lighting
Date: April 21 – May 26, 2018
Opening hours: Tue – Thu, Sat, 11am – 6pm; Fri 11am – 8pm
* Closed on Sunday, Monday, and National holiays
Venue: Yuka Tsuruno Gallery
1-33-10-3F Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Japan

Works in Exhibition

Installation View