FEATURED ARTIST: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
Born in Osaka, Japan, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto's work is about the discovery of the essential in nature and time. He works with identifiable imagery to encourage humanity to encounter aspects of nature in new and unexpected ways and is committed to using historic and natural elements in his work as meditations on the environment.
He studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, and, sponsored by the Italian government, at Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, where he lived for eleven years. His current/on-going projects include; Lightning, a project with lightning struck trees, and Constellaria , working with fossil fragments he collects in the OH-KY-IN tri-state region. His work has been the subject of solo shows at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; and the Ippaku-tei Teahouse, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC. Recent projects include: MONGOLIA 360°: Land Art Biennial; HANGING GARDEN, Holy Cross Church, Cincinnati, OH; and DISAPPEARANCES, SiTE:LAB at an abandoned commercial building, Grand Rapids, MI, which received the 2011 ArtPrize International Juried Award.
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Global Tree Project: Hanging Garden, 2010. Dead and live white birches, deconsecrated 19th century Holy Cross Church. 40 feet tall. Photo credit: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto. Courtesy the artist.