Shinya Ishida solo exhibition

Shinya Ishida solo exhibition "Time Conversation"

2023.04.15(Sat) – 2023.04.20(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold Shinya Ishida's solo exhibition "Time Conversation" from Saturday, April 15th to Thursday, April 20th, 2023.

A collage of scrap wood from places I visit

Shinya Ishida is a sculptor who creates collages of junk and garbage collected in the places he visits to create works with everyday prayer motifs such as masks and altars. He has been energetically presenting his works not only in Japan, but also in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, and Denmark through solo exhibitions and artist-in-residence participation. This will be his first solo exhibition in eight years.

Ishida's interest in fashion led him to major in textile design at the Faculty of Arts, Osaka Seikei University. However, it is said that although he wanted a creative life, it was not clear what he would create. During those days of searching, I visited Thailand when I was in my second year of university, and my perspective on life opened up.

Witnessing the faith that is rooted in our lives, we learn the strength of the invisible power in people's hearts. Ishida, who until then had no faith, decided that he wanted to have his own God.

“Unlike Japanese Buddhist statues, idols with a cheap impression are also objects of prayer for people.

In this way, he produced masks that are objects of faith, "the world's mask series." At that time, the material used was scrap wood. Memories of the past come and go. When I was a child, I liked picking up things on the road, such as eyeglass frames that had only one side, scraps of leaflets, and so on. When I was studying textiles at university, I wasn't satisfied with just creating fabrics.

The moment when "my likes are connected" as if I was attracted by an invisible force that I had forgotten for a long time. A life created with the theme of "invisible power" begins to move.

A loophole to new values

“When I was staying on the Oki Islands to create my work, I realized that what was washed ashore on the coast was completely different from Wakayama, where I live. ”

“Some of the things that washed ashore on the coast remain forever, while others are washed away somewhere before you know it. The trash in the trash is engraved with a completely different time and memory, and when they come together, it feels like the times are enjoying a conversation.”

Ishida tries to create a new sense of value by creating a work that collages waste items and moving them to another land to create a gap in the cycle from the birth of things to their disappearance. These methods and intentions can be seen as a lineage of relational art that has frequently occurred in Japan since the beginning of the 2000s.

Ishida says that he likes the feeling of "time flies" when a song he used to listen to in the past plays, instantly returning him to that time. This exhibition, “​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ This is the first solo exhibition in eight years, and you will encounter time and memories that have been frozen. Utilizing waste materials such as flower bed fences, parts of pachinko machines, and playground equipment, he creates works in the shape of gates and holes. Inspired by the tainai-meguri, in which one walks through the womb of a Buddha statue, and the kaidan-meguri, in which one walks under the rim of a Buddhist hall while chanting Buddhist names, this is shown as a loophole for passing through values ​​that are incompatible with the time axis.

Ishida's works, which are created with an awareness of symmetry by using many objects of the same shape even with scrap materials, have an awakening effect like the constant beat sound, and the viewer will feel a sense of jumping through time and space.

Encounter of "obvious" and "thank you"

““Of course” and “thank you” have opposite meanings, but they are common. I have visited various places in search of different cultures that destroy me, but I feel that I have learned my values ​​in my everyday surroundings. I realized that what you turn over is rolling."

Through natural disasters, epidemics, and conflicts, we are now confronted with the fact that things that are taken for granted were not taken for granted, and that we were grateful for them. Ishida said that he was impressed by the sight of a jewelry artist and a homeless person standing side by side at a garbage dump in Denmark, where he had previously visited for an exhibition, and each of them looking for what they needed.

Ishida's work, which smoothes out the gaps in time and values ​​carved into everyday junk and connects them, is offered as a prayer for the "thankfulness" hidden in "ordinary things" and as a hope for people's friendship.

Works on display

*Some of the works on display are subject to change. please note that.

About work sales

At the same time as the exhibition is held, it will be possible to view and purchase the works on the YUGEN Gallery official online store.

Information on visitor benefits

An original art book will be presented free of charge only to those who have answered the questionnaire form at the time of visit.
This is an original art book only for this exhibition, in which the exhibited works and the exhibition statement are compiled in one volume.

Shinya Ishida Solo Exhibition "​​​​Time Conversation" Art Book
Recording artist: Shinya Ishida
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)

*Please note that the design of the art book is subject to change.

Exhibition *Artist in Residence


Ehime Artist in Factory (Flask Co., Ltd.) "Ehime-san Story"
Wakayama Taiji Whale Museum, Taiji Ishigaki Memorial Hall "Kinokuni Trainert"


Wakayama/Kadahaku Tomogashima venue “Kadahaku 2021” Permanent work production

Shinya Ishida

Born in Wakayama in 1984. Graduated from the Department of Textiles, Faculty of Arts, Osaka Seikei University. Solo exhibitions include "INAX Gallery Special Exhibition 10days Selection Shinya Ishida Exhibition -Wonderful Trash-" (INAX Gallery, Tokyo) in 2011, "Wonderful Trash Exhibition" (mograg garage, Tokyo) in 2012, and "Wonderful Trash in Bangkok" (2014). Thailand, speedygrandma), 2015 "Raven Syndrome" (Denmark, third space gallery), "pupa DOME" (Kyoto, momurag). As an artist-in-residence, 2016 "Lujiazui Green Bank Public Art Festival" (Lujiazui Green Park, China) and many others. In 2020, he was in charge of props for NHK E-Television "Tensai TV-kun".

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exhibition period

2023.04.15 (Sat) - 2023.04.20 (Thu)


YUGEN Gallery


Token International Building 3F, 2-12-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 14:00-19:00
Sat/Sun/Holidays 13:00-19:00
*Ends at 17:00 on the last day only

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*Please note that the exhibition period and opening hours may change without notice depending on the situation.