The Mine presents Yasuaki Onishi | Art Dubai Residents 2018

Exhibition Opening: March 21 – March 24, 2018

The Mine presents the inimitable works of Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi to Art Dubai’s new Residents section as part of his residency for Art Dubai 2018.

"Casting the Invisible" or locating the pure essence of a simple, rudimentary material is the resounding mantra that rings true in his captivating practice and is also a phrase that he has engineered into a visual language of mesmeric artworks which combine industrial hardware and glue.

In evolution of his landmark Plate of Pressures series, Onishi will present one larger and multiple smaller graphite and aluminium paintings: two- dimensional spaces that stand in contrast to the empty suspended sculpture that Onishi has devised in response to his temporary residency in Dubai.

Yasuaki’s sculpture is anchored to the diaspora of its host city, and conveys spheres of interconnected metal wire that are simultaneously a twisted mass of communication lines gathering and dispersing and a nexus of coordinates for transient bodies. The glue which coats and clings to the skeletons of the paintings and sculpture, becomes a renewed skin which not only charges the spatial depth of the pieces but builds on their dialogue with the transitory and very human traces that imprint a modern urban landscape.

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Yasuaki Onishi (born 1979) is a Japanese artist who lives in Osaka, Japan, and holds a Masters degree in sculpture from Kyoto University of Arts. Onishi is represented by The Mine in Dubai, where he has had two solo shows Vertical Volume, 2016 and Reverse Of Volume, MI, 2013. His practice is signposted by his inimitable vast, spatial installations which have have traversed the galleries of FRAC Centre, France, the National Museum of Art, Japan (NMAO), and the Islamic Arts Festival at Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, earning the artist multiple grants, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, New York, USA.

Yasuaki Onishi

b. 1979  Osaka, Japan

Education and Selected Awards

1997-2001 B.A. Sculpture Course, School of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba - Japan |2002-2004 M.A. Sculpture Course, Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Arts – Japan | 2015 Art at the Heart winner, Shire of East Pilbara, Australia | 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation |2010 U.S. Japan Award Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center |2009 IASK Asia Pacific Artists Fellowship National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea | 2004 Net Exhibition, Digital Photo Contest, Fine art section, Excellent prize

Selected solo exhibitions

2017 vertical emptiness / Kulanshi Art Space, Astana | Japan

2016 vertical volume / The Mine Gallery| Dubai UAE

2015 contour of gravity/ Gallery Out of Place, Tokyo | Japan

2013 reverse Volume MI / The Mine, Dubai | UAE

2012 inner space/The Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art and Studies, Hazorea | Israel

2011 reverse of volume/Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya | Japan

2010 reverse of volume/Vermont Studio Center Red Mill Gallery, Johnson | USA

2010 horizontal forest/Not Quite Gallery, Fengersfors | Sweden

2010 ridge of boundary/para_SITE Gallery, Graz | Austria

2008 mountair/KONGSI, Enschede | Netherlands

2007 space between face and reverse/Pantaloon, Osaka | Japan

2006 visible/Sfera Exhibition, Kyoto | Japan

2005 breath nebula/Inax Gallery 2, Tokyo | Japan

2003 thing of darkness/Gallery b.Tokyo, Tokyo | Japan

Selected group exhibitions

2017 Code Art Fair - The Mine, Copenhagen | Denmark

2016 Recyclart – Working Title Festival, Brussels | Belgium

2016 Islamic Art Festival / Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah | UAE

2015 Biela Noc / Kulturpark Alfa Gallery, Košice | Slovakia

2015 Seeing Time - Time Traveler /  Kala Gallery, Berkeley| USA

2013 Mono No Aware. Japanese Contemporary Art/The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg | Russia

2012 agora -Miniartextil Como/Villa Olmo, Como | Italy

2011 Japan Media Arts Festival/Hartware MedienKunst Verein Dortmunder U, Dordmund | Germany

2010 Art Court Frontier #8/ART COURT GALLERY, Osaka | Japan2010 The Transforming State/Religare Arts Initiative, Delhi | India

2009 phantasmagoria/Ieyoung Contemporary Art Museum, Suwon | Korea

2006 Remove a sign. piano,piano/Osaka Port Red Brick Warehouse, Osaka | Japan

2003 7th.GUNMA BIENNALE FOR YOUNG ARTIST 2003/The Museum of Modern Art, Takasaki | Japan


Selected Residencies

2015 The Art at the Heart Residency Program / Newman | Australia

2010 Not Quite Guest Artist / Fengersfors | Sweden

2009 Kala Art Institute Fellowship / Berkley | USA

2008 Kunstenaarsinitiatief B93 / Enschede | Netherlands