Nanzuka Underground is pleased to announce HIERARCHY, a solo exhibit of new work by Akiyoshi Mishima. The installation features mixed media pieces, video art and wall paintings.
This exhibit is the third in a series following QUARTER (2006), Mishima’s debut solo exhibit that explored the cultural roots and realities of the third postwar generation along with their responsibilities for the future and ultimate potential, and FAMILY (2009), an exhibition centered on the fundamental ties that exist between humans and all other living creatures, highlighting the potential for coexistence.
Mishima’s concept of “hierarchy” is that of an internal hierarchy born from experience, in which personal decisions based on accumulated layers of experience and choice shape the solitary individual, and the resulting progress of the collective whole shapes the world. With this concept in mind, Mishima has created an experimental installation that flows like a correlation chart depicting the institution of human society, built from the inherited evolutionary history of human beings, the individual chronologies that grow like rings in a tree, and the collective whole of humanity.
Mishima refers to a “choice, a conscious control that exists between inevitability and chance” in regards to his new works. His mixed media piece made with aluminum board, for example, was created by layering color upon color, creating a strata of colors whose final form would remain unknown, and unpredictable, until its completion. Each of Mishima’s works, made in this fashion, evokes within us a variety of expression, fueled by the harmony of his characteristic wit and the mysteriously beautiful colors. His video art and wall drawings are similarly composed of layers of colorful strata, and like a mandala that tells the history and roots of mankind and the world, arouse contemplation within the viewer.
“We can’t change the past,” says Mishima. “It is only by being conscious, each individual, in the present moment, that we are able to see the future.”
The opening reception for this exhibition will take place on July 2nd starting at 6:00 pm, with an appearance by the artist.