Jio Shimizu "Elements"

Misa Shin Gallery

poster for Jio Shimizu "Elements"

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We are pleased to welcome AZUMAYA Takashi as guest curator from March 16 through April 28, where he has put together the SHIMIZU Jio show “Elements” for us.

SHIMIZU Jio is an artist who magnifies the unique characteristics of sound, light and vibration- elements of the physical world - visually reproducing the physical phenomena he has elicited. From 1994 to 2006, he was a member of the collective WrK with sound artist Toshiya Tsunoda and others with similar approaches, also functioning as a CD label. He creates/presents conceptual works and performances which from day one have maintained the common thread of focusing on the nature of moment-to-moment alterations in events and phenomena over time, and on the vicissitudes of our own attitudes and perceptions in response. In addressing his unique voice to these gestures and fluctuations of the physical world, above all he has endeavored to make the invisible visible for us. In recent years, he has created large-scale installations in museums both domestically and abroad using red and green laser beams, and expanded the very vocabulary of the laser making photographic works in which he creates moiré patterns directly onto photographic paper though the shining of lasers through transparent physical matter such as glass.

In the present Elements installation, Shimizu positions his lasers extremely straight and parallel, shining them through an ostensibly smooth glass surface; the interference results in the unique distortions of the glass dilating the light, and stunningly turning the wall of the gallery into a moiré pattern. We will also be presenting photographic works of his, direct lyprinted by shining lasers through glass.

In the installation, we encounter the simulation of the expanding and contracting of energy through the images of atoms and electrons, engendered from our recognition of a “straight line” existing only as a concept, and the revelation of the character of the glass on a minute level. The work is surely urging us to ponder about science, art, and ethics.

[Image: Jio Shimizu "Transparent elements (Positive)" (2012)]



From 2012-03-16 To 2012-04-28

Opening Reception on 2012-03-16 from 18:00 to 20:00
Performance by the artist from 19:00


Jio Shimizu



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