Yesterday I went to go see Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s ephemeral installation at Saks Fifth Avenue. “Sunrise 27” was created for the new store opening of fashion label 3.1 phillip lim and consists of 27 translucent screens, suspended in midair. Each screen has a slightly varied print of a sunrise captured above (what appears to be) NYC. It’s a gorgeous piece in that its primary raw materials are light and time, tracing its subject the way a painter captures their seemingly still – yet intrinsically moving – subject.
If you’re not familiar with Nakanishi’s work, here are some of his older works.
Originally hailing from Fukuoka, Nakanishi is a largely Japan-based artist. After obtaining his M.F.A. in 2002 from Kyoto City University, Nakanishi went on to exhibit his work at galleries in Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. In 2008 his work traveled across seas for the first time, to be exhibited at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, in Zurich, Switzerland, in a group exhibition curated by artist Kohei Nawa. In 2010 he returned to Hildebrand for a solo show.