In exhibition at the Metaphysical Art Gallery in Taipei is Chiharu Nishizawa’s “Exodus – Where are you from?”. Based in Yokohama Chiharu Nishizawa background as a printmaker can be seen in the clean sharp lines of his figures. His style is humorous, feature bright colors and often presents his subjects from a bird-eye view. I hope to head to Taipei this week to learn more about his work. From the artists statement:
The painting of Chiharu Nishizawa combines his skills of printmaking which he learned from the art school with the ukiyo-e and even introduced the western pop art and the forms of digitalized on-line game virtual spaces into his art works.
To see the works of Chiharu Nishizawa, we usually see the world of many lives yet with enormous sense of loneliness. Though the white space is left in the screen, and sometimes the white color is replaced with other monochrome, a space without being vacuumed, it is nothing but a virtual world. The people whose faces are blurred are also like symbols of some icons. The cities are like building blocks, the plants are like decorations, the streets are like mazes and the people are like ants who are acting without personalities in it. Everything is icon-ized in the picture. It is like a scene in a video game. Even the picture is indicating some event that is happening right now, lives seem to move on in silence in the huge virtual world of vacuum. Through the paintings of Chiharu Nishizawa, we can realize that when facing lives, human are guided by an invisible force. The regulation must be existing in the universe guiding us. That is the destiny that no one can change no matter how hard we try.
Chiharu Nishizawa: Exodus – Where are you from?
Metaphysical Art Gallery
May 8 – May 30, 2010