Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo
Masayoshi Nojo, born in 1989, completed his MA in Japanese Paintings in 2015. He combines contemporary visual languages with Japanese aesthetic concept: the depiction of the passage of time. During his studies, he became interested in collective memory. To help audiences remember it, he selects mixed media, including photography, to eliminate the arbitrariness of creation. He abstracts form and colors from photographs as the minimum constituent elements of image in memories.
Time’s passage was depicted by seventeenth-century Japanese painter Korin Ogata’s curving stream in silver. Silver reflects time’s passage as it changes in color through oxidization. This silver stream became a traditional motif for the passage of time, and its influence can be found among many European artists, including Klimt. Here, inspired by Ogata’s curving stream, he applied marbling to the base panel and printed the form via silkscreen, using silver foil on the panel. To audiences, this feels like a mirage, the pursuit of distant memories.