TREE OF LIFE

Rei Nakanishi
JAN 22, 2022 - APR 21, 2022
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Japanese contemporary up-coming artist Rei Nakanishi is announcing his new largest art series at DIESEL ART GALLERY in Shibuya, Tokyo.

From January 22nd (Sat) to April 21st (Thu), 2022, DIESEL ART GALLERY will host Japanese up-coming and internationally recognized graphic designer/artist Rei Nakanishi’s solo exhibition “TREE OF LIFE”.


Born in 1994, Rei moved to the United States in 2016. While working as an assistant to New York based Japanese artist Meguru Yamaguchi, he also started his own art projects. After returning to Japan in 2019, he produced his most renowned series Flower of Life as a freelancer, and to this day, he constantly releases new artwork and enthusiastically participates in numerous group exhibitions both domestically and internationally. Rei is also a member of “GOLD WOOD ART WORKS,” led by Meguru Yamaguchi.


His artistic style combines a unique painting expression that emphasizes the characteristics of acrylic paint with printing techniques centered on his experience as a graphic designer, all the while challenging the very definition of modern art.


For Rei’s solo exhibition “TREE OF LIFE”, a limited number of catalogs exclusively made for the occasion will be available for purchase.


To commemorate the event, a DIESEL and Rei Nakanishi collaboration hoodie, and exhibition limited wallpaper will be released.




Artist Statement


Confronting in earnest the context of art history, I create art everyday aiming to update the context of painting through my own thoughts and techniques.


Like things that can be perceived in a binary such as “life and death” and “past and future,” my works, which combine analog and digital methods, are completed by allowing opposing themes to coexist within a frame.


In the method I define as analog, I use various mediums––including spray paint, acrylic pigments, and crayon––and directly face the canvas and panel as I layer on the paint to create depth in space. The analog process where I intuitively develop free lines and planes contains the physicality of my senses and my bodily core.


The other method is digital.

I use the computer to immerse myself in representation. I realize motifs using computer graphics to create images latent within me. This allows me to visualize a minute world invisible to the naked eye and an infinite opening, and at times the method serves as a cooling mechanism, providing objectivity and some distance to the work.


I combine these two designs, born out of completely different processes, using technology unique to our times and sublimate them into a single artwork.


– Rei Nakanishi

Japanese contemporary up-coming artist Rei Nakanishi is announcing his new largest art series at DIESEL ART GALLERY in Shibuya, Tokyo.



From January 22nd (Sat) to April 21st (Thu), 2022, DIESEL ART GALLERY will host Japanese up-coming and internationally recognized graphic designer/artist Rei Nakanishi’s solo exhibition “TREE OF LIFE”.


Born in 1994, Rei moved to the United States in 2016. While working as an assistant to New York based Japanese artist Meguru Yamaguchi, he also started his own art projects. After returning to Japan in 2019, he produced his most renowned series Flower of Life as a freelancer, and to this day, he constantly releases new artwork and enthusiastically participates in numerous group exhibitions both domestically and internationally. Rei is also a member of “GOLD WOOD ART WORKS,” led by Meguru Yamaguchi.


His artistic style combines a unique painting expression that emphasizes the characteristics of acrylic paint with printing techniques centered on his experience as a graphic designer, all the while challenging the very definition of modern art.


For Rei’s solo exhibition “TREE OF LIFE”, a limited number of catalogs exclusively made for the occasion will be available for purchase.


To commemorate the event, a DIESEL and Rei Nakanishi collaboration hoodie, and exhibition limited wallpaper will be released.


Artist Statement


Confronting in earnest the context of art history, I create art everyday aiming to update the context of painting through my own thoughts and techniques.


Like things that can be perceived in a binary such as “life and death” and “past and future,” my works, which combine analog and digital methods, are completed by allowing opposing themes to coexist within a frame.


In the method I define as analog, I use various mediums––including spray paint, acrylic pigments, and crayon––and directly face the canvas and panel as I layer on the paint to create depth in space. The analog process where I intuitively develop free lines and planes contains the physicality of my senses and my bodily core.


The other method is digital.


I use the computer to immerse myself in representation. I realize motifs using computer graphics to create images latent within me. This allows me to visualize a minute world invisible to the naked eye and an infinite opening, and at times the method serves as a cooling mechanism, providing objectivity and some distance to the work.


I combine these two designs, born out of completely different processes, using technology unique to our times and sublimate them into a single artwork.


– Rei Nakanishi

BIOGRAPHY

Rei Nakanishi

https://www.instagram.com/reinakanish/


1994 Born in Mie Prefecture.

2016 Move to USA to engage in an assistant of Meguru Yamaguchi.

Based in Shizuoka Prefecture now.


Member of GOLD WOOD ART WORKS.


EXHIBITION

2021

-Solo exhibition “VESICA PISCIS” Shinsaibashi PARCO POP UP GALLERY - Osaka

-Solo exhibition “DUALISM” +81 Gallery Kyoto - Kyoto

-Group exhibition “nine colors” Seibu Umeda - Osaka

-Group exhibition “SUMMER CAMP” GR gallery - New York

-Group exhibition “Rei Nakanishi and photographers” Ginza Tsutaya Books- Tokyo

-Group exhibition “nine colors XV” Seibu Shibuya Art Gallery - Tokyo

-Group exhibition “When The Distant Stars Shine” neXtLab - Shanghai

-Solo exhibition “yinyang” Ginza Tsutaya Books - Tokyo


2020

-Group exhibition “nine colors” Seibu Shibuya Art Gallery - Tokyo

PAST ARTWORKS

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©YUKI-SUEMATSU

DIESEL × Rei Nakanishi

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In commemoration of the exhibition “TREE OF LIFE”, a DIESEL and Rei Nakanishi collaboration Hoodie will be on sale. The front and back exhibits the embroidered design that matches its body color and tone.


Price: ¥20,900 (tax included)

Color: White / Black

Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL

Material: Supreme Green Cotton

Release date: 2022.1.22(Sat) Sales will start at 11:30 a.m.

Stores: DIESEL SHIBUYA, DIESEL ONLINE STORE

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE "TREE OF LIFE"

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Price: ¥3,850(tax included)

Pages: 26

Size: 200mm(diameter)

Publish: Gas As Interface Co.,Ltd.

Rekease Date: 2022.1.22(Sat) Sales will start at 11:30 a.m.

Image ©Rei Nakanishi ©GOLD WOOD ART WORKS 2022


※Image for reference only.

※Cover is hologram/hardcover version,Circular shape when opened.

※No returns

Stores: DIESEL SHIBUYA、DIESEL ART GALLERY ONLINE STORE

LIMITED WALLPAPER FOR SMARTPHONES

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During the exhibition period, if you become a friend of the official DIESEL LINE, you will receive a special standby screen for the “TREE OF LIFE” exhibition.


Get Wallpaper

INFROMATION

Title: TREE OF LIFE

Artist: Rei Nakanishi

Dates: 2022.1.22(Sat) – 4.21(Thu)

Location: DIESEL ART GALLERY

Address: cocoti B1F, 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-6427-5955

Hours: 11:30-20:00 (may be subject to change)

Entry: Free

Curator: CALM & PUNK GALLERY(GAS AS INTERFACE)

Production Cooperation: amana inc. | FLAT LABO

Online Store: https://dieselartgallery.stores.jp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dieselartgallery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dieselart

Hashtag: #reinakanishi #dieselartgallery

CURATOR

CALM & PUNK GALLERY (GAS AS INTERFACE)

https://calmandpunk.com

https://www.instagram.com/calmandpunkgallery


CALM & PUNK GALLERY was established in 2006 in Nishiazabu, Tokyo. The gallery exhibits a broad roster of artists, both native and international, working within a diverse range of mediums. Merging high and low culture, the gallery’s curatorial practice aims to represent versatile modes of expression. In addition to classical mediums like painting, drawing, and sculpture, CALM & PUNK GALLERY has a strong affinity towards new media that embody innovation in the arts including graphic design, product design, and various other digital media. The gallery also publishes GASBOOK under its operating company GAS AS I/F. Garnering popular and critical acclaim starting in the 90’s and 00’s, the art books are known for their sharp and novel features on artists and leaders of youth culture.

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Photo: Miki Matsushima

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