Hitoshi Nomura

Hitoshi Nomura was born in 1945 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He graduated with a BFA from Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Sculpture, in 1967. Like his contemporaries Robert Smithson, Chris Burden, and Gordon Matta-Clark, Nomura is a sculptor who pioneered the use of photography to document the often ephemeral and process-oriented artworks of the late 1960s and early 1970s. With his earliest works, such as Tardiology (1968–69), Nomura began turning away from an emphasis on the object in itself in favor of investigations into the passage of time, the fundamentals of matter, and the rhythms of the universe. Persistence and repetition pursued over long periods of time are central characteristics of his process.

As early as 1969, Nomura began making film and sound pieces using oxygen, dry ice, and other materials that are more commonly associated with science than with art. In series such as ‘moon’ score (1975–) and Earth Rotation (1978–79), Nomura used cameras, sophisticated telescopes, and computers to reveal sinuous lines that recorded the passage of time and the motion of stars and planets. In 1980, Nomura began making daylong exposures that tracked the sun through the sky; by doing so, he observed the phenomenon of contrasting concave and convex lines over the course of a year. His Analemma series illustrates this phenomenon, representing a symbol of endless recycling and regeneration. As part of his interest in the sun, Nomura has collected asteroids for last two decades and has also built and raced solar-powered cars since 1993.

Nomura’s work has been the subject of numerous museum solo exhibitions, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, 1987; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1995; Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, 2000; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi Prefecture, 2001; and National Art Center, Tokyo, 2009.

Selected Artworks

October 13, 2017

FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”

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FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year. Read More
September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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