Stone and Fence
Metal foil, iron
Yasuaki Onishi×Fukuda Metal Foil & Powder Co., Ltd.
Artwork produced for KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition
There are voids and blank spaces that we are unconscious of in everyday life. Onishi reconstructs these “spaces” and “boundaries by using various materials. Inside and outside, front and back, and the boundaries between are made visible in his works questioning the relationships between various things like humankind and nature.
In ART OSAKA 2022 Expanded, Onishi borrows the form of stones, which symbolizes the accumulation of time, and attempts to trace an entire riverbed. Stones, magmatic solidifications born from the earth’s core, are shaped by the accumulation of sediment and the currents of the rivers; they travel across the earth’s surface and expand horizontally into riverbeds. These stones found in the riverbed have been molded with copper foil revealing their inner and outer shapes, giving form to the volume and time of the stones that will and have been reduced. It can be said that these stones have been reconstructed and returned to their larger forms. The audience can view the work from either perspective and confront the existentially questionable boundaries between inside and outside, interior and exterior.
Born in 1979
2004 MFA in Sculpture, Kyoto City University of Arts
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Permeating Landscape, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, USA
2017 Edges, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka 
2012 reverse of volume, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
2011 reverse of volume, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
2020 Takamatsu Contemporary Art annual vol. 09: Imagine the Presence of "Time" - leads us to the new views, Takamatsu Art Museum
2019 THE MOON - From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Danmark
2013 31st Sakuya Konohana Award
2007 Taro Prize, The 10th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art
Since ARTCOURT Gallery opened its doors in Osaka in 2003, the gallery has focused on internationally acclaimed artists such as Hitoshi Nomura, Saburo Murakami, and Norio Imai who stood at the forefront of postwar Japanese art as well as Yo Akiyama and Shihoko Fukumoto who have cultivated a unique aesthetic to expand and deepen new forms of crafts, and younger artists who will forge the future. We are devoted to introducing artists who create contemporary art marked by an abundance of conceptual, material and technical originality. Not only do we organize alluring and stimulating exhibitions that make the most of our gallery, but we also coordinate exhibitions outside of Japan, supply commissioned work for architectural or public spaces, and strive to place works in the collections of museums and foundations all over the world. In 2018, ARTCOURT Gallery opened ACG Villa Kyoto, a new viewing room in Kyoto’s Kitashirakawa district. The gallery aims to be a base designed to convey outstanding Japanese contemporary art.
Director: Mitsue Yagi
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