Hitoshi Nomura: Light and Earth Time

2017. 5.13 [sat] – 6.24 [sat] 11:00 -19:00 (Saturdays 11:00 -17:00) Closed on Sundays and Mondays

ARTCOURT Gallery presents “Light and Earth Time”, a solo exhibition of the work of Hitoshi Nomura, featuring major pieces of his early period of activity from the 1960s to the 1980s, and new works.

Hitoshi Nomura has worked with photography as his main mode of creation ever since Tardiology(1969), in which he used a camera to capture the critical moments of huge cardboard boxes collapsing due to gravity and time. A medium that records processes of reaction (behavior) with regard to natural phenomena and makes possible their presentation as transitioning time, photography may be regarded as having opened up a new world of sculptural expression for this artist, who possesses the original perspective of seeing within objects the passage of time.

This exhibition is composed of Dryice, a work of photographs created as sculpture, ‘moon’ score, which depicts times of light by way of the moon’s waxing and waning, and which marked the turning point when Nomura began focusing on various celestial phenomena, and The Sun on Lat. 35°N, a piece in which he connected one year’s worth of tracks of light of full days of the sun’s movement and made the discovery of “rings of time”, as well as new works from the series “A Fossil Branch and the Light of the Galaxy” that foster an awareness of the distant time and space of the ancient past and the universe.

“Nature will reveal its genuine features with time.” Proceeding ever deeper with this idea and pursuit, Nomura is continually engaged in a conceptual dialogue with nature. Through his practice of repeatedly capturing by camera the movements of objects and the order of the cosmos, he has created works by taking human consciousness-transcending universal presences and substituting them with forms that we are capable of perceiving. This exhibition will be an opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of Hitoshi Nomura’s ever-broadening world of expression. It is our hope that you will be able to join this artist in his contemplations of space and time, and enjoy taking part in his visions and inquiries into deep space.

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  • 2017.5.20 [sat] 14:30 - 16:00
    Artist Talk
    Hitoshi Nomura and Tsuyoshi Hisakado (Artist)
  • 2017.5.20 [sat] 16:00 - 17:00

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