'Breezing in Canberra' and 'In the Stream' sculptures by Kozo Nishino


In the StreamBreezing in CanberraKozo Nishino

Artist's statement By Kozo Nishino

"I want to create something that evokes air and wind. I would like my sculptures to exist as expressions of the lives we humans live cradled by this atmosphere.

Instead of converting the things I see and experience into signs and committing them to memory, I tend to let them stay in my mind as the images they are, in other words to perceive things sensuously.

If these things are substituted with words or letters, I feel that the original impressions rapidly weaken. I view my work in much the same way. There is no elaborate planning in advance. My way of creating is to persevere with experimentation and manual work, for example, by bending metal rods into various shapes to draw delicate curves.

I have always explored imprecise things that, while not clearly visible to the eye, without doubt exist. Like a spider's web, for example, which appears for a moment in the sun's rays and is revealed in silhouette by raindrops, even though it cannot be seen distinctly by itself. At the same time, I would like my works to also refer to our human lives, which are lapped in a great, universal "something". Never cold, but always existing with humans."

About the artist Mr Kozo Nishino

Born in 1951, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Kozo Nishino has been active as an artist since the 1980s. Nishino has produced a large number of grand-scale public artworks of superb visual beauty and structural strength working with metal materials such as titanium, aluminum, stainless steel and iron.

Nishino's works have been installed at sites in Tokyo, Canberra, China, Korea, the World Trade Centre site in New York and other locations around the world, and are held in art museum collections such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Shanghai's Power Station of Art.

In 2011, Nishino was awarded the Shin Hongo Prize, and in 2012 exhibited at the 9th Shanghai Biennale.

For more information, visit Kozo Nishino's website at: http://nishinokozo.com/.