The new exhibition Hidden Landscapes: Yasuaki Onishi will be presented in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. It will feature site-specific installation art by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi, created for the space at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
Hidden Landscapes will be open September 17 through October 27, 2018, and opens with a reception and artist talk on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Installation art by Yasuaki Onishi (1979- ) explores the perception of extraordinary space through the use of ordinary materials such as glue, cardboard, and plastic. A native of Osaka, Japan, Yasuaki studied sculpture at the University of Tsukuba and Kyoto City University of Arts, and became a well known contemporary artist throughout the country. He has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout Japan and in the United States, and he is a recipient of a United States-Japan Foundation Fellowship that serves as an artist cooperative and residency between the two nations.
Onishi looks at space as a medium of aesthetic representation, and focuses around this space rather than the structure in which it exists. Yasuaki is interested in invisible things, such as time, air, gravity, or other phenomenons of space. The result is a landscape that continuously changes as a dynamic monument. In this way, he can create a physical manifestation of the unknown, invisible, and otherwise unseen.
This approach to installation space relates not only to the classical tradition of Literati landscape painting in Japan, but also to a developing approach to contemporary media. Onishi’s international work is continuously evolving and pushing the boundaries of site-specific space.
Emily Lawhead will serve as curator for the exhibition. Lawhead has been directly working with Yasuaki for the past two years, culminating in a visit to Japan in March 2016. Lawhead’s 2015-16 Hooper Undergraduate Research Award sponsored by Northern Arizona University allowed her to work with multiple Japanese installation artists in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. Onishi has been very interested in continuing his collaborations in the United States and is particularly excited about working in Northern Arizona. The artist will stay in Flagstaff for two weeks prior to the exhibition to create works of art in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts.