Layer Drawings by Nobuhiro Nakanishi

crappy photos by spoon & tamago | click to enlarge

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.

better photos courtesy Galerie Kashya Hildebrand and the artist | click to enlarge

“Layer Drawing Sunrise” (2007) | installation view Mori Art Museum

Transparent View (2011) | installation view Aomori Contemporary Art Center

Transparent View (2011) | installation view Aomori Contemporary Art Center

Transparent View (2011) | installation view Aomori Contemporary Art Center

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.

“Layer Drawing Forest” (2008)

“Layer Drawing Aomori Sunrise” (2008)

“Ice Cream” (2008)

“Candle” (2010). Installation view at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand


  1. This looks awesome! Love the layers! Great photographs too

  2. I was pulled in by the nature of the subject matter that in duality connected my design and environmental experiences with my desire to inspire and evoke emotion. Your artwork and vision does that for me in a very primal way and yet somehow at the same time projects me into the future realism of fantacy. Thank you for letting us enjoy inspiration and expression through your works of art. In simplicity you have shaped my today.

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