PRIMAE NOCTIS
PRIMAE NOCTIS
Kenji  Sugiyama

Kenji Sugiyama

born in 1962 in Nagoya (Japan)

Kenji Sugiyama’s work ensue from a long research, started on 1995. 

In his artworks, Sugiyama, reconstructing the visual perception as being Russian dolls, restrict the viewer to a smaller visual field to experience a meta viewing and evoke his memory of the past and his personal experience.

The works Inside and Outside, enact circular paths, from being object of observation lead to observing and again to be the subject of an observation more intimate and personal, within the work of art itself. Through these circular paths, the visitor is asked to recreate his own Museums, remembering what has been previously visited, what has been lived and experienced, reconstructing the memory.

As Proust stated, time, interior or exterior, is always tied to the past, but, at the same time, is a time which tends to the present. The proustian epiphany, the memory solicited by a casual feeling that evokes the past with no locical proceedings and lets feel as contemporary that past, is what Sugiyama proposes in his works, bringing the viewer’s to awake the consciousness, for a new awareness of the act of seeing, of feeling and remember, to understand that this new experience is totally and inescapably personal and unique.

Sugiyama’s art and his “Institute”, tell us about these enclosed spaces, circumscribed and exclusive, about his “Museums”, so essentially common and public, yet so intimate and quiet, the ideal places to capture the inner experience.

1962 Born in Nagoya, Japan

Education

1987 B.F.A. Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, JAPAN

1989 M.F.A. Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, JAPAN

Solo exhibition (selected):

2018 

Cell – Closed Chamber as Myself, Inside and Outside – STANDING PINE, Nagoya

2015 

Institute of Intimate Museums, La lanta Fine Art / Bangkok, Thailand

2014 

Institute of Intimate Museums Mirror Mirror, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Switzerland

Institute of Intimate Museums Ghosts in my mind, STANDING PINE, Nagoya

2010 

I.I.M. The world’s End, STANDING PINE, Nagoya

2009 

Institute of Intimate Museums 1999-2008, STANDING PINE, Nagoya

2007 

Self-Portrait, Gallery Ray, Nagoya

2006 

Very Inner Place, Gallery Ray, Nagoya

2005 

Viewer, Gallery Ray, Nagoya

2003 

I.I.M. Director"A", I I M Director"B", Nagoya City Archives, Nagoya

2001 

I.I.M. Director's Room Gallery OH”, ORIBETEI, Aichci

2000 

I.I.M. Institute of Intimate Museums”, A.C.S, Nagoya

1999 “Institute of Intimate Museums”, A.C.S Nagoya

1997

Inside Outside, A.C.S, Nagoya

1996

Inside Outside, A.C.S, Nagoya

1995

Inside Outside Focusing on a New Generation in ‘95, Gallery Yamaguchi, Tokyo

Inside Outside Face to Face, A.C.S, Nagoya

Group Exhibition (selected):

2018 

Treasure Box of Contemporary Art, OPAM Toshioka Collection Oita Prefectural Art Museum Oita

Through the Looking Glass, COB Gallery, London, UK

2017 

DESTINATION : ASIA NOW, Primae Noctis Gallery, Switzerland

2016 

CROWD, A Perfect day for Kiso River ”, Minokamo, Gifu, Japan

2013
Wavy banners ET4U, DK

2012
Who is inside ?, Contemporary Art in Toyohashi Aichi Art Program, JP

2011
Who is inside ?, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum Aichi, JP

2007
City-net Asia Seoul Museum of Art Korea, KR

2006
Next station, Nagoya citizen gallery Yada Nagoya, JP

2005
Peindre, Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-paul, CA
Butins, musees et autres curiosites, galerie HORACE, CA

2004
Institute of Intimate Museums, IBCube Gallery Bovelingjerg DK

2003
JAPAN:RISING, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, USA
Contemporary Art Position Nagoya City Art Museum Nagoya, JP

2002
THE FIRST MOVE, Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall Tokyo, JP

2001
HAKOIRI-BIJYUTU, (Art in Box) Kariya City Art Museum Aichi, JP
24 Winners from 1996 to 2000 FUJI TV Forum, Tokyo, UMEDA STELLA Hall Osaka, JP

1999
First Steps, Grey Art Gallery, N.Y.U. USA

1998
Philip Morris Art Award 1998 Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall Tokyo, JP
Memento, EST-NORD-EST Centre de Sculpture, Quebec, CA

1997
EFFET D'UILITAIRE, le Centre d'exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, CA

1996
Inside of Works, Outside of Works, Itabashi Art Museum Tokyo, JP

Rewards (selected):

2011

The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, JP

2005
International Contemporary Art symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, CA
The Nomura Cultural Foundation, JP

2002
Freeman Fellowship 2002-2003 Alternate, USA
Vermont Studio Center, USA
AIGIN Education and Culture Foundation, JP

2000
The Pollock-krasner Foundation , Inc. USA

1999
ART/OMI USA 1998 Philip Morris Art Award, USA

1997
POLA Art Foundation
Canada's year of Asia Pacific CANADA

1996-98
EST-NORD-EST Centre de Sculpture, Quebec CANADA

1995
Young Artists Overseas Training Program Nagoya City Cultural Foundation, JP
Kenji  Sugiyama - Inside 1

Inside 1

2016
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Kenji Sugiyama - Inside 1
2016 - Paper, board, glass, epoxy clay - 61 x 20 x 20 cm

Kenji Sugiyama - Inside 1
2016 - Paper, board, glass, epoxy clay - 61 x 20 x 20 cm

Kenji Sugiyama - Inside 1
2016 - Paper, board, glass, epoxy clay - 61 x 20 x 20 cm