Hiroji Noda Exhibition
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Recognized for his artistic talents at a young age, Hiroji Noda (born in 1952) became the youngest artist to hold a solo exhibition at Minami Gallery in 1977, the year after he had graduated from Tama Art University. In the Eighties, however, NODA embarked on a variety of explorations in an effort to discover new possibilities in painting. In this exhibition, we survey the artist’s over 30-year career with 140 works that have emerged from his continually evolving approach, and examine the effect that NODA’s experiments have had on the Japanese art scene.
Noda's exploration of the essence of painting began with box-shaped forms that were in effect a kind of relief. The artist continued to develop this approach in the mid-Eighties, creating a unique painting style in which he covered the support medium with a sack-like fabric. Then in the Nineties, Noda added further depth to his work by sewing, folding back, and layered the canvas. But around 2000, he gradually turned to a flat foundation, and transformed the picture plane with the freewheeling depiction of unusual images. Finally, in recent years, Noda has created series based on specific themes, and focused on combinations of works while also placing greater emphasis on the manner in which they are displayed.
Noda has remained actively engaged in showing his work, but there has rarely been an opportunity to survey his entire career, from the early period to the present. We hope that this exhibition will provide greater insight into how Noda has developed his artistic philosophy as well as shedding light on how his ideas are transformed into actual works. And in addition to tracing the trajectory of this outstanding artist’s career, we hope to encourage reflection on future directions in painting.
From 2012-01-18 To 2012-04-02
Hiroji Noda's works have to be experienced
Viewed as mere pictures in a catalogue or newspaper, the works of Hiroji Noda may not impress. With their often vaguely organic shapes, they may even seem like pseudo naive fabric designs. But the blocks of often smudgy-looking color and the rough-edged simplistic shapes that you see in the print media hardly do this artist justice.