Shinnosuke Yoshida – GALLERY MoMo, Tokyo
Born 1983 in Saitama, Japan
Using opposing elements in my work, I seek to illustrate the differences between experience and memory. While it is easy to recall specific scenes from my work, there is no concrete description due to the elimination of explanatory objects. I choose painting as my medium, as it allows me to contrast physical elements, such as the layer structure of the paints, active curves, and brush strokes, with the illusional perspective, layers, and straight lines.
The origin of these methods is my experience of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Prior to this, my focus was primarily on what I describe, but after the earthquake, my attention shifted to how I describe. While I escaped the disaster, some people were swallowed up by the tsunami, and still others continued on with their lives, unaffected. I realized that the world does not consist of a timeline. It moves in complicated and violent ways, with each "now" tied to causes and effects all over the world.
The simutaneuous conditions and experiences of people all over the world led to me to express this contrast physically in my work. By illustrating the various simultaneous possibilities that cannot be affirmed from one perspective, I explore the new view of the world I obtained in the earthquake of March 11.