Re-Visions I have always thought that creation should be innovative, ever since I started drawing imaginary architecture in the 80’s. I believed it was the right attitude to adopt as an artist. Last year, when we encountered big changes in the global environment and in the society around us, I found it uncomfortable to go back to where we were in terms of the usual way of thinking or everyday life; I felt that it might be rather positive to look back at what has already existed instead of just going forward seeking growth at all costs. The theme “Re-Visions” based on these thoughts came to my mind as soon as I was invited to this lithograph project. The lithograph employs a different process to paintings or drawings; therefore, it makes it more complicated for me to express my own image of depth, or atmosphere, on paper. This collaboration with the lithograph workshop “Idem Paris” made me work on my creations with much expectation and some apprehension. When, where, and why have these architectural works been built? Even for me, this is the question concerning these two examples. I hope that they will show a mindset capable of rewinding the clock to travel over time, and then a curiosity and expectation for the unknown.
Born in Tokyo in 1955 and graduated from the design section of the arts department at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1979, Minoru Nomata has been creating and publishing numerous works with imaginary architecture and architectural scenery in various forms such as paintings, three-dimensional objects, lithographs and drawings since his first solo exhibition at the Sagacho exhibit space in 1986. Exhibitions include: “Architecture on Canvas” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2004), ‘ALTERNATIVE SIGHTS – Landscapes by Minoru Nomata’ (The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2010), “Imaginary Architecture from Piranesi to Minoru Nomata” (Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, 2013), “Introductions’ Minoru Nomata”, (His first online exhibition – Online Viewing Room, White Cube, London, 2020). Commission works include: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Bldg.(2001), Park Hyatt Tokyo (2006), A serial work published on Asahi Shimbun, The Column (2011-2015) Publications include: Points of View (Tokyo Shoseki Co., Ltd., 2004), “ALTERNATIVE SIGHTS” (Seigensha Art Publishing Inc., 2010), “ELEMENTS” (Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc., 2012)