Current Exhibition

The 17th shiseido art egg

The 17th shiseido art egg

Duration: Maki Hayashida Exhibition  January 30(Tue) – March 3 (Sun), 2024
Zai Nomura Exhibition  March 12 (Tue) – April 14 (Sun), 2024
Hirotoshi Iwasaki Exhibition  April 23 (Tue) – May 26 (Sun), 2024

From January 30 (Tue) to May 26 (Sun) 2024, the Shiseido Gallery will present solo exhibitions by each of the three artists selected for the 17th "shiseido art egg" – Maki Hayashida, Zai Nomura, and Hirotoshi Iwasaki.

About "shiseido art egg"

"shiseido art egg" is an open-call program in which Shiseido supports emerging artists whose creations stimulate the senses and offer different and diverse values, expanding the possibilities for new kinds of beauty, the opportunity to showcase their work in solo exhibitions. Since the program was launched in 2006 a total of 48 artists / artist units have presented their work in this manner, and gone on to grow their presence on the art scene.

17th "shiseido art egg" artists and highlights

This edition of "shiseido art egg," the 17th, attracted 351 entrants, from which three were selected: Maki Hayashida, Zai Nomura, and Hirotoshi Iwasaki. Entries were judged on whether they offered an original perspective on today's world, and engaged earnestly with contemporary struggles and uncertainties to express new values and a new kind of aesthetic awareness. Hayashida explores the potential of photography as a new form of art, with the real world as her theme. Nomura takes an idiosyncratic view of ever-evolving information media, interrogating the essence of what it means to be human, and to exist. Iwasaki employs rotoscope techniques to explore the possibilities of animation as a form of artistic expression, centering his works on the act of remembrance.
With support from curators the chosen three will mine their respective themes and expression to embark on the production of new works, culminating in a series of exhibitions, firstly by Hayashida, then Nomura, and finally, Iwasaki. We are confident their offerings addressing changes to previously unassailable conventions and customs, and suffused with the sense of a beautiful and vibrant future for society, will prove a revelatory, thought-provoking treat for viewers.

shiseido art egg prize judging panel

Once all three exhibitions have ended, the "shiseido art egg prize" will be awarded to the artist whose work best exemplified the creation of new value. The 17th edition judges are artist and prominent figure on Japan's creative scene Kengo Kito, musician and artist Shuta Hasunuma, and mythologist and Kokugakuin University professor Kikuko Hirafuji.

Maki Hayashida Exhibition  January 30(Tue) – March 3 (Sun), 2024

Maki Hayashida is concerned with the law of unintended consequences, by which self-serving human behaviors bring unforeseen results. Her approach here takes the form of a project that involves spending time and energy on research, its theme, reclaimed rubbish tips on the British coast, and cases of large-scale illegal waste dumping around Japan. Her visual documentation by photographs, and depth of her spatial imagery form unique installations that encourage the viewer to observe reality in new ways.

1984 Born in Osaka                     
2007 BA Policy Studies, Kansei Gakuin University
2023 MA Photography, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Based in Tokyo (currently lives in London)

Career highlights to date
2023 LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles, shortlist, France
2021 Exhibition “KG+SELECT” KYOTOGRAPHIE International PhotographyFestival, Kyoto, Japan

Artist HP: https://www.makihayashida.com/

Comment for the exhibition

After a year or so of study in London, my perception of photography as art has changed dramatically. At the same time, I have become even more interested in photography as a medium, and decided on a direction for my practice, which is to work with photography as contemporary art, and as a representation of different cultures. I am truly honored and grateful to have the Shiseido Gallery as my first place to realize this, and will do my best to present a photographic installation that will give viewers a fresh perspective, and leave them thinking.

From the series Almost Transparent Island,  2017-2019

From the series Almost Transparent Island, 2017-2019

Installation view of Beyond the Mountains in KYOTOGRAPHIE KG+SELECT  at Shijyo Ryogaemachi Building, Kyoto, 2021.

Installation view of Beyond the Mountains in KYOTOGRAPHIE KG+SELECT
at Shijyo Ryogaemachi Building, Kyoto, 2021.

Zai Nomura Exhibition   March 12 (Tue) – April 14 (Sun), 2024

To date Zai Nomura has attempted to uncover life, death, and what lies between through a variety of media, taking mainly photography and sculpture as his materials. This exhibition will include a photographic device that prints photos of the dead onto water, and a performative work that will continue to run for decades. Viewing information media and its intersection of past, present and future, and transformation from analog to digital, through an idiosyncratic lens, Nomura interrogates the essence of what it is to be human, and ways of existing.

1979 Born in Hyogo                      
2009 MFA at Goldsmiths University of London
2013 Ph.D. in Fine Arts at Musashino Art University
Lives in Hyogo

Career highlights to date
2021 solo exhibition “Echoes”, Ulterior Gallery, NY, USA
2017 solo exhibition “canʼt rewind it”, Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Artist HP: https://www.nomurazai.com/

photo:Kenta Hoshino

photo:Kenta Hoshino

Comment for the exhibition

I am very honored to become part of the more than 100-year history of the Shiseido Gallery. At the same time, I also realize that the next 100 years will likely be characterized by conflict, epidemics, deep racial divides, and large-scale climate change. My aspiration is to elevate my exhibition to the best it can be , while hoping that one day, when humans finally meet the inhabitants of other planets, we can engage in dialogue with them as more equal beings unconstrained by differences in age, nationality, gender, or appearance.

Soul Reclaim Device (“A portrait of my departed sister” )  2018 Water tank, water, inkjet printer, PC, etc Gallery αM

Soul Reclaim Device (“A portrait of my departed sister” )
2018 Water tank, water, inkjet printer, PC, etc
Gallery αM

A molding rain / CMYK 2016 ice, fire, wax, glass, camping burner, pot gallery COXIST-TOKYO

A molding rain / CMYK 2016
ice, fire, wax, glass, camping burner, pot
gallery COXIST-TOKYO

Hirotoshi Iwasaki Exhibition  April 23 (Tue) – May 26 (Sun), 2024

Using the rotoscope technique of tracing over live-action footage to make an animation, Hirotoshi Iwasaki explores the possibilities of this technique as a form of artistic expression. For this exhibition, he traces over documentary footage of people no longer able to meet in person, and places deserted, during the pandemic. He views this as an act of remembrance, superimposing it in his mind on the origins of painting as recorded by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, that is, Butades the "Maid of Corinth" tracing the outline of her departing lover's shadow on the wall. A rotoscope rethinking of what it is to paint, and the ways of memory.

1981 Born in Ibaraki            
2019 Ph.D., Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art
Lives in Aichi

Career highlights to date
2021 ”Motion Studies: Five Contemporary Animators”, Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College, USA
2015 ”Poetic Iconography / Hirotoshi Iwasaki”, MOTOAZABU GALLERY, Kofu, Japan

Artist HP: https://hirotoshiiwasaki.com/

Comment for the exhibition

First of all allow me say how grateful I am for this opportunity. As the pandemic limited and simplified our movements and actions, I began to ponder the act of remembrance. Sensing it was fate to be able to exhibit work with its origins in this idea of remembrance at a gallery belonging to Shiseido that honors and preserves the memory of Shiseido's traditional arabesque design, at the same time I hope this will provide a chance to revisit the intersection of animation and art, by seeing how far animation as a form of expression can be taken in a gallery space. I look forward to seeing what occurs here.

DARK MIXER  2014-2019 Animation, Installation

DARK MIXER 2014-2019
Animation, Installation

On Time Off Time 2020 Animation

On Time Off Time 2020 Animation

Details of the 17th shiseido art egg

Schedule Maki Hayashida Exhibition  January 30(Tue) – March 3 (Sun), 2024
Zai Nomura Exhibition   March 12 (Tue) – April 14 (Sun), 2024
Hirotoshi Iwasaki Exhibition  April 23 (Tue) – May 26 (Sun), 2024
Opening Hours Weekdays 11 AM–7 PM
Sundays and national holidays 11 AM–6 PM
Closed Mondays (including national holidays falling on Monday)
Venue Shiseido Gallery Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building B1F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel. 03-3572-3901; Fax 03-3572-3951
Admission

free
Organizer Shiseido Company, Limited
Supported by IHI Corporation, Oji F-Tex Co.,Ltd.(Zai Nomura Exhibition )

Related programs

Online gallery talk (video)

After the opening of each exhibition, a video of the artist explaining his or her work at the venue will be posted on the official Shiseido Gallery website. Details to follow on the website.