Hitoshi Nomura: An Introduction is the first solo exhibition of the Japanese artist Hitoshi Nomura in the United States, presenting an as-yet-unknown body of work that deserves wider recognition. The exhibition, which focuses on photographic art created between 1975 and 1991, opens at McCaffrey Fine Art on September 12 and continues until October 20.
Nomura (b. 1945), like his contemporaries Michael Heizer (b. 1944), Chris Burden (b. 1946), and the late Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), is a sculptor who pioneered the use of photography to document the often ephemeral, phenomenological, remotely located, and process-oriented artworks of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The artist identified his working method in 1967 by turning away from the modeling of plastic form in favor of a rigorous observation of the passage of time, the fundamentals of matter, and the rhythm of the universe. Working for almost 40 years now, the artist has been described by Ken-ichi Iwaki, the director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, as a “Tuner” who adjusts our everyday sensibilities to experience fundamental phenomena.