entire being…


The “Diorama Map” series made up of 7 monochrome pieces recreates the overall image of the city by hand, reshaping the city’s characteristics.

Lesson / Koan : A less coherent whole can be calming.

Sohei Nishino’s images are true to form in a sense, and yet incorrect; in other words, he is trying to depict an image that comes from within the memory.

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Sohei Nishino begins his work with camera in hand, walking around every inch of a city. His debut work was “Osaka”, a city he is thoroughly acquainted with. He used well over 150 rolls of film, surveying and photographing Osaka from about 50 locations. He developed them directly on photo printing paper, and then cut them out one by one and joined them together from memory. It took a year to complete this work, with a huge amount of time and energy invested. One can feel this just by looking at his works.

The Diorama Map series to date consists of ten cities: Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and London. Istanbul is currently being completed, and Rio de Janeiro will be next in Nishino’s series, to be shot during Carnival in March 2011. After shooting some twenty cities, the Michael Hoppen Gallery will publish a Diorama Map World Atlas in 2013.

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i-Land is the first piece of a series which began as a way to study the Diorama Map series from a new point of view. Not choosing a specific city as a motif, I created a collage of an imaginary world using the photographs which were shot in various place in Japan. The Diorama Map series follows a step of recreation of a certain city from my own memory, yet for i-Land, by shifting a real world into my imaginary world, these two world which seemingly look opposite are in fact, are interacting each other with a definite balance and that always brings a certain relationship like a mirror for my own creative process.” – Sohei Nishino

Sohei Nishino creating the map.

Combining precise photographs of Japan that were previously taken with a bold new composition, Sohei Nishino attempts to create a modern Japanese version of Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia”. This is not a criticism of an absurd reality. Instead, it tries to draw out something that would allow us to “co-exist” in a complex society with differing values.

“i-LAND” appears digital when seen from afar, but as you approach this work you realize how much complicated work has gone into it. It has a craggy surface, protruding bits of glue and an accumulation of a tremendous number of photographs. The surface of this work has an unspeakable impact that overwhelms its viewers. In this post-digital age when digital technologies are a given, it is hardly surprising that so many works employing digital means of expression have emerged on the contemporary art scene. Sohei Nishino has traded his mouse for a pair of scissors, and if he had cut-and-paste instead of actually using paste, his works would not draw people in as strongly as they do. If the 7 works in the “DioramaMap” series are symbols of the modern city of the 20th century, his new work “i-LAND” is a map of Sohei Nishino’s imaginings of a future Japan depicted with an even looser liberty of thought. Just one glance may convince you that it resembles an out-of-date Pop Art work, but longer viewings will make you hear the appeal of the artist’s entire being. The impact of this masterpiece will break your heart.” -Seiji Komatsu, Director of Emon Inc.

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