The project, “Spirit of the Land”, creates moments in which we get a sense of a scene that is past = current = future. This is a project that Nishimura has continued for many years. What does it mean to have a conversation with the land? Touching the land is not just feeling the earth on the surface. If we extend our consciousness deeper and deeper we ride the convection of the earth’s mantle until we reach far into the universe. Through space, we can connect with the land and listen to its voice. “Movement” is also an important key word for Nishimura. When people, things, occurrences move from point A to point B, the events happening during this movement become a story that creates the space. Thinking about the method of “movement”, the artist has gone into the mountains of Ozu City in Ehime Prefecture for this project whose imporant element is undergoing the act of cutting down cedar trees to be moved, for which he also prepares roads.
(As of March 2020)
1: From creative notes “Reveal the earth” 2019
2: “yamajiorimono*works” 2006-
3: “yamajiorimono*works” 2006-
Yusuke Nishimura (Artist)
Born 1976 in Fukuoka Prefecture. In 2001, Nishimura completed his MFA in Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts. He began a reconstruction project in 2003 of a disused textile plant in Kiryu, Gunma, an area known for its industrial history. For the “Moriyoshi Reconstruction Project” (2003 – 2004, former Moriyama Yoshihei Textile Plant) and long-running “YAMAJIORIMONO*WORKS” (Yamaji Textile Plant, 2006 – current), he worked directly with the factory owners in fixing the worn down wooden buildings, forming dialogs with each place while reading the history behind its objects as a way of acting out the creation of space that we live in today.