The 8th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner
Attention to liberated expression of the new age
Yukiko Shimono’s newly explore genre, the digital painting series “reach” focusing on Bezier Curve’s possibility as a contrast from oil painting background, was selected as grand prize for the 8th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition. Commented, as “A leap in process from an oil painting is very fresh in the series.” “The characteristic of an oil painting that permits half way done was amazingly done in the digital format. It is interesting to see the binomial opposition of drawing and painting,” her work received unanimously consents from 5 juries and highly evaluated the attitude of consciously challenged the notion of “what is a painting?” Shimono has consistently been referring physicality of an oil painting from the series “reach” to this new series “Infinite Painting.” A digital painting, drawn by computer is different from an oil painting, which emphasizes paint textures. Shimono focuses on how the digital painting is less in texture and can’t physically exist unless printing its out. Liberated from the limitation of a canvas as a supporting material, she questions herself ‘what’s the meaning to draw?’ and takes in flexibly the characteristic of a vector data which doesn’t degrade images by adjusting sizes and the structure which allows physical freedom by enlarging and reducing without any restriction. Deleting any motifs, such as a person or object that might represent own conscious, Shimono pursues freedom to draw lines and gives lightness to the existing authenticity of work. A new series ”Infinite Painting,” by transferring photography as a mass of pixels into data divided by the color region with the pass lines, she breaks down the function of photography and attempts to use natural light and color as a new material, which existed in the classical painting from the past and everyday life. This is Yukiko Shimano’s first solo exhibition, the new age artist who liberated from the style. Please come and see the show at the gallery.
Born in Tokyo in 1988. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 2013.