Nobuaki Onishi

February 10 - March 12, 2011

Georgia Scherman Projects is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in North America of emerging Japanese artist Nobuaki Onishi. On exhibit are thirteen obsessively crafted, life-like resin representations of familiar everyday objects.

Using print making techniques, and his own resin and painting process, Onishi creates such sculptures as a shoe, a tree branch, a sheet of metal and a deer’s jawbone. The works can be easily mistaken for their real counterparts. In a signature and surprising feature, Onishi elects to leave one part of the work unpainted and the resin exposed. The viewer’s expectations are countered and the object’s true nature ~ its reality ~ is exposed. It reveals itself to be an imitation, a forgery, a fake. But what does it mean to be a "fake" in a world manipulated by mass digitization and mass production?

Through his super-real works, Onishi invites us to examine the relationship between the original and the copy in contemporary culture and in contemporary art. We are required to question what our senses tell us of presence, absence and existence at both a personal and a critical level. He asks us to feel how it is to be mistaken and to question what it is to respond to the surface appearance of things.

Born in Okayama, Japan in 1972, Nobuaki Onishi graduated from the Graduate School Program at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1998. He has won numerous awards and prizes including the Asunaro Prize at the Aomori International Print Triennial, and First Prize at the Kyoto City Art & Craft Emerging Artists Awards. He has shown in museums and galleries in Japan and has recently carried out projects in Seoul, Korea and Melbourne, Australia. He currently lives and works in Kyoto.