Ginza Graphic Gallery will hold an exhibition in October 2010 entitled, “Seas
and Mountains and Norito Shinmura.”
Born in a fisherman’s house on Ukashima—a small island only 8 km
around, located in the Seto Inland Sea, Shinmura grew up surrounded by nature.
Drawing upon his childhood experiences, Shinmura has turned heads for his nature-themed
works including visual works featuring his family business (Shinmura Fisheries),
newspaper ads for the Yamaguchi Prefectural Fisheries Cooperation Associations,
and Muji Campground posters. Shinmura’s deep-rooted childhood experiences
can be seen in the messages conveyed to nature incorporated into his works.
As suggested by the exhibition title, the first floor will be themed after the “seas” and
the basement after “mountains,” with posters, photographs, images,
actual boats, plants and the like comprising the exhibition. With this year being
designated by the U.N. as the International Year of Biodiversity and COP 10 being
held in Nagoya this October, people are taking an even greater interest in biodiversity.
The newspaper ad that conveys the message, “The Fish in the sea are Nurtured
by Forests” is one of Shinmura’s early works. Even back then he was
aware of the importance of biodiversity. Be sure not to miss out on this opportunity
to see Seas and Mountains and Norito Shinmura, and Shinmura’s ideal ecological
world. “ggg Books-94 Norito Shinmura” will also be released
at the time of the exhibition. Please review the below and help spread the word.