山浦のどか「夜と、少しの朝の気配。」

Nodoka Yamaura

Sensing the presence of deep night and light morning.

2024.07.27 - 2024.08.29
11:00 -19:00 (Closes at 17:00 on Saturdays)
*Closed on Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays
**Closed for summer holidays from August 11 to 19

ABOUT

ART FOR THOUGHT is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Nodoka Yamaura, “Sensing the presence of deep night and light morning.”, as “the foundry” series vol. 6.

Morning and night, beauty and awe, the visible and invisible - the sensibility that the artist glimpsed through the night cherry blossoms delicately unravels the known and evokes a soft perception.

We invite you to view the artist's new works that explore the cyclic world with a contemporary sensibility that she has discovered through her encounter with washi and her move to Tokushima.

ARTIST STATEMENT

On the evening of April 2, I suddenly felt like “I wanna go see the cherry blossoms at night” and decided to drive there when it was getting dark.

I drove off the national highway onto a mountain road. I had heard that the weeping cherry trees along this road were beautiful, so I drove on, wondering if the entire area was covered in them.

Illuminated by orange electric lights, they were cherry blossoms I had never seen before. They were more frightening than beautiful. After passing through a tunnel, I turned left and drove about 2 km, alone through the pitch-dark mountain road. The darkness and cliff road made me feel more and more uneasy. The cherry blossoms were not illuminated when I arrived, and although I was disappointed that I had relied on uncertain information, I decided it would be a waste to turn around there and drove a few minutes further to see the nighttime cherry blossoms a little further down the road. This place was lit up. I was relieved to arrive there, for I had been heading there with a desperate hope, but the rows of cherry trees spread out in front of me were still somewhat scary rather than beautiful. I stayed at my friend's house and drove down the mountain early in the morning. I was a little relieved when I saw the colors and shapes of the cherry blossoms I knew.

I came to feel strongly after this day that the beauty and the fear of things are inextricably intertwined and they are two sides of the same coin.

Apologies for a lengthy preamble, but since that day, my consciousness has been haunted by the presence of deep night, as well as that of the light morning.

The information you see is not all there is. Even if what you thought was different from what was in your head, it still exists, and it is certainly there in front of you, just not visible. Even in that moment, light dwells and breathes in the emotions and life.

Although it is still vaguely interpreted, the word "presence" is bothering me right now.

Maybe I am drawing the presence itself.

 

— About “the foundry” series —

"the foundry" is an exhibition series that highlights young artists who challenge themselves to express themselves through a cross between traditional Japanese crafts and contemporary art.

Originally, Japanese art had an aspect of being a tool for daily life. As household utensils and furnishings, they were used to bring seasons and ideas into the room, and to gently enhance and individualize everyday life. This series is an attempt to reintroduce that application of lifestyle to modern society, in order to enrich and make comfortable our ordinary lives.

Ginza, Tokyo was once a place where silver coins were minted and permeated as a lubricant for daily life during the Edo period. Through this exhibition series, we start a new and quiet challenge to find Japanese art as a beauty of utility once again, leveraging both traditional Japanese techniques and the expressiveness of contemporary art.

BIOGRAPHY

Nodoka Yamaura

Contemporary WASHI artist / Graphic and space designer

1990 Born in Tokyo, currently resides in Tokushima

2015 Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, majoring in graphic design

2018 Worked as an assistant at Tokyo Zokei University, as well as a freelance designer and illustrator

2020- Engaged in making Awa handmade washi paper and indigo-dyed washi at Awagami Factory

"Move like a traveler, in harmony with the land you encounter."

Five years after moving from Tokyo to Tokushima, Shikoku, she has been working with materials of natural origin, paying attention to "light" and "presence" in her work, based on the daily sensations she has gained from being in a world rich in nature.

Since around 2014, she has been creating original patterns that look like braided patterns, and has named this technique "NODOKA" and continues to draw various motifs.

Based in Tokyo and Shikoku in Japan, she is also active overseas, promoting the appeal of traditional Japanese culture and washi through her art and design work.

WEB: yamauranodoka.com

Instagram: @nodoka.yamaura

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Relax Time. (Hyakunen (bookstore), Kichijoji, Tokyo)

2017 Toy Shop! (Kamome Books (bookstore), Kagurazaka, Tokyo)

            BAGLE PARTY. (HB Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo)

2018 Muscat Day (dish, Yoyogiuehara, Tokyo)

            yamaura nodoka. Solo exhibition (niji garo (gallery), Kichijoji, Tokyo)

2023 Swing, Shiny, Joy and Memories. (ART FOR THOUGHT, Ginza, Tokyo)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  POP UP SHOP (LITTLE DAME, Sandiego, USA)

        IN MY MODE (OMOTESANDO ROCKET, Omotesando, Tokyo)

2017   Tsubomi Collection vol.1 (San Francisco Society for Asian Art, San Francisco, USA)

   HB FILE Competition vol.27 Special Prize Exhibition (HB Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo)

2018    PAMERAN POSKAD 2018 (TBC, Singapore)

              Tsubomi Collection vol.2 (Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA)

    Hey! Say! Graphics! (OMOTESANDO ROCKET, Omotesando, Tokyo)

    SHIBUYA DESIGNERS MARKET (SHIBUYA CAST, Shibuya, Tokyo)

2019    OPEN STUDIO at AARKfi (Turku, Finland)

              Awagami Artist In Residence 2019 (Inbe Art Space, Tokushima) 

    ”MICRO LANDSCAPE by NODOKA in FINLAND (SHIBUYA TSUTAYA, Shibuya, Tokyo)

2020    Tsubomi Collection vol.3 (Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store, Osaka)

2021    ONNA HOUSE curated by Lisa Perry (East Humpton, New York)

2023    NIGHTTIME ART FAIR, SHIMANTO (Hotel Matsubakawa Onsen, Kochi)

    Awagami Factory Staff Collection vol.3 (Awa Washi Industrial Center, Tokushima)

2024    AFT MARKET (ART FOR THOUGHT, Ginza, Tokyo)

              TOKYO CREATIVE SALON 2024 (Haneda Airport Terminal 2, Tokyo)

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2019    Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo AARK.fi (Turku, Finland)

       Awagami Artist In Residence 2019 (Awagami Factory, Tokushima)

PRIZE

2014      11th “1_WALL” Graphics Award

      12th “1_WALL” Graphics Award

2015      Selected for the Dynic Award at the 3rd Tokyo Book Jacket Illustration Competition

      13th “1_WALL” Graphics Jury's Incentive Award (Chosen by Daijiro Ohara)

      Selected for 197th THE・CHOICE Award (Chosen by Naoki Sato)

2016      15th “1_WALL” Graphics Award

      Selected for “Delicious Tohoku package design 2016” Award

      HB FILE Competition VOL.27 Jury Prize (Chosen by Seiichi Suzuki)

      mt design contest 3 Jury Prize (Chosen by Koji Iyama)

2017      INK de JET! JET! JET! × ZOKEI HEIWA Paper Award

CLIENTS

ANA TRADING CO., LTD., Haneda Future Research Institute, Hakuhodo Inc., Dentsu  Promotion Plus Inc., University of Tokyo, Tokyo Zokei University, Kodansha Ltd., Futabasha Publishers Ltd., Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Asia Society Texas Center, Lisa Perry, etc.

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