Shinji Turner-Yamamoto is a Japanese born U.S.-based artist known for paintings, sculptures, and installations employing elemental materials such as trees, fossils, and minerals, creating profound viewer connections with nature. He works with identifiable imagery to encourage humanity to encounter the essential in nature and time in new and unexpected ways and is committed to using historic and natural elements in his work as meditations on the environment.

His current and ongoing sculpture project Pentimenti (2010—) is supported by the KOHLER Arts/Industry Foundry Residency Program (Sheboygan, WI, USA) and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Clermont, KY, USA). Additional projects include Sidereal Silence, which Turner-Yamamoto begun in 2012, initially inspired by waterfalls he encountered in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. To date, he has received project-supporting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC, USA) through the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation (Provincetown, MA, USA), the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation (New York, NY, USA), and additional support from Antioch College’s faculties of Ecology, Anthropology, Geology, Glen Helen Ecology Institute (Yellow Springs, OH, USA), TOYOTA, Cill Rialaig Project (Kerry, Ireland), and SiTE:Lab (Grand Rapids, MI, USA).

His ongoing projects also include the Global Tree Project (2000—), where he focuses on tree imagery and site-specificity. Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Global Tree Project (DAMIANI, fall 2012), documents 11 projects worldwide realized in a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea, an 8th century Kiyomizu Temple Sutra Hall, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and abandoned architectural landmarks in the American Midwest. The two most recent commissioned site-specific projects are: Global Tree Project: AXIS MUNDI (2015) for Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland, and Global Tree Project: ISTANBUL (2016), an installation for the historic ruin of an abandoned Jewish orphanage, Istanbul, Turkey, through the Beşiktaş International Garden and Flower Festival.

Turner-Yamamoto studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, and, sponsored by the Italian government, at Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna. His work has been the subject of solo shows at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy (1999); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2002); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2010); the Ippaku-tei Teahouse, Embassy of Japan + Shigeko Bork MU Project, Washington, DC, USA (2008); and Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2016). His site-specific installations include Palazzo Ducale, ASIART Asian Contemporary Art: Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy (1999); Saigyo-an Teahouse, Kyoto Art Walk, Kyoto, Japan (2005); Gobi desert, Mongolia, MONGOLIA 360°: International Land Art Biennial (2010); Deconsecrated Holy Cross Church, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2010); SiTE:LAB at an abandoned industrial building, Grand Rapids, MI, USA (2011) which received the ArtPrize International Juried Award. Recent exhibitions include “Substance and Increase” curated by Gregory Volk, SAPAR CONTEMPORARY Gallery+Incubator, New York, NY, USA; “Alchemy: Transformations in Gold” curated by Laura Burkhalter, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA. He lives and works in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

EDUCATION

Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy
Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS+

2017

SUBSTANCE AND INCREASE: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto + Gabriela Albergaria, curated by Gregory Volk, SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, New York, NY, USA

2016

SIDEREAL SILENCE: Chalybeate (an interdisciplinary collaborative project with the faculties of Ecology, Anthropology, Ecopsychology, Geology, Fine Arts, and Global Seminar), Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, USA

DE RERUM NATURA: On the Nature of Things, Herndon Gallery - Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, USA

Global Tree Project: ISTANBUL, Historic ruin of the abandoned Yahudi Yetimhanesi (Jewish Orphanage), Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey

SIDEREAL SILENCE, Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery / Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2015

Global Tree Project: AXIS MUNDI, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2013

DE RERUM NATURA: On the Nature of Things, Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2012

SIDEREAL SILENCE: Study, Abandoned Grand Rapids Public Museum Rocks and Minerals - Geology Gallery / SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

2011-

(ongoing) Global Tree Project: LIGHTNING (collaborators to date: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest)

2011

DISAPPEARANCES: An Etenal Journey, Abandoned Industrial Building / SiTE:LAB + University of Michigan School of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

2010

Global Tree Project: HANGING GARDEN, Deconsecrated Holy Cross Church (National Register of Historic Places), Cincinnati, OH, USA

DISAPPEARANCES, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Global Tree Project: TWINNED CONSTELLATION / STAR NEST, Gobi desert, Mongolia - MONGOLIA 360°, International Land Art Biennial

2008-09

Global Tree Project: PETALS OF THE UNIVERSE, Taidetehdas/Artfactory, Porvoo, Finland

Global Tree Project: SEEDING, Arlington Arts Center / Barrett Elementary School, Arlington, VA, USA

DE RERUM NATURA: On the Nature of Things, Shigeko Bork MU Project, Washington, DC, USA

THREE WINDOWS: Sun, Moon, Star, Ippaku-tei Teahouse, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC, USA

2005

Global Tree Project: SLEEPING VISHNU TREE, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan - Kyoto Art Walk

IRISH BLACK RAINBOW, Saigyo-an Teahouse, Kyoto, Japan - Kyoto Art Walk

2004

DIVERGENT GAZE OF ANGELS, Pro Artibus Foundation, Ekenäs / Folkhälsan, Helsinki, Finland

2003

Global Tree Project: SECRET GARDEN, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India

Global Tree Project: GIFT, Navdanya's Bija Vidyapeeth, Dehradun, India

PALACE OF THE WINDS, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, India

2002

BLUE GOLD, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2001

ROUND THOUGTS, ArteAlta, Castelmola, Italy

2000

AQUA: Omphalos, Roches Tower, Cork, Ireland

1999

AQUA, Associazione culturale GRAFIO, Prato, Italy

AQUA: Yorishiro, Ex Fienile, Castel S. Pietro Terme - Bologna, Italy

AQUA: tobi-Ishi (Stepping-Stones), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea VILLA CROCE, Genova, Italy - ASIART Asian Contemporary Art: Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea n°1

AQUA, Palazzo Ducale / Cisterne di S. Maria di Castello, Genova, Italy - ASIART Asian Contemporary Art: Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea n°1

1998

AËR, Cubic Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1997

AËR / AQUA, Galleria Graffio + Cortile, Bologna, Italy

AQUA: Paesaggi Impermanenti, Galleria Graffio Cortile, Bologna, Italy

AQUA: paesaggi Impermanenti, Sala Silentium, Bologna, Italy



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS+

2017

ALCHEMY: Transformations in Gold, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA / Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA

VOLTA 13 BASEL | SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, Basel. Switzerland

DALLAS ART FAIR | SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, Dallas, TX, USA

2016

START ART FAIR | SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, London, UK

SEATTLE ART FAIR | SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, Seattle, WA, USA

DALLAS ART FAIR | SAPAR CONTEMPORARY, Dallas, TX, USA

2015

ABOUT TREES, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2014

FRESH AIR, Ascent Private Capital Management - US Bank, Cincinnati, OH, USA | curation: Elizabeth Leach Gallery

40 FOR 40, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA, USA

ALCHEMICAL VESSELS, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, DC, USA

2013

TARGETTI LIGHT ART COLLECTION, Semiottagono delle Murate, Firenze, Italy

NARROW ROAD TO THE INTERIOR: Contemporary Japanese Artists, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

2010

MONGOLIA 360°, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2009

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY, USA

Washington Project for the Arts, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, USA

2008

FLUIDITY: Asian American Artists, Montpelier Arts Center, MD, USA

2007

MEDITATION ROOMS, Shigeko Bork MU Project/Transformer, Washington, DC, USA

2006

FRESH PAINT: Process and Possibility, Arlington Arts Center, VA, USA

TARGETTI LIGHT ART COLLECTION, MUAR, Moscow, Russia

2005

KYOTO ART WALK: Conserved Space and Contemporary Art, Kyoto, Japan

MEHR LICHT, MAK, Wien, Austria

2004

S.O.B.2, A.O.C.F.58, Roma, Italy

2003

TARGETTI LIGHT ART COLLECTION, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA / Armani-Teatro di Tadao Ando, Milano, Italy

OPEN HOUSE, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India

2002

TARGETTI LIGHT ART COLLECTION, Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowki Castle, Warszawa, Poland / Arte Giani, Frankfurt, Germany / Maerz Galerie, Leipzig, Germany / Light+Building, Frankfurt / Galleria Marella, Milano / Via Borgognona, Roma / Arte Fiera, Bologna

2001

European Forum for Emerging Creation, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France

2000

Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes, Roches Point Lighthouse, Cork, Ireland

DIE BLAUE BEGEISTERUNG: 34 Junge Italienische Künstler, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

ALTRI LUOGHI, ex dormitorio delle FFSS, Bologna, Italy

ARTE VISIVE 3: Occhio in Ascolto, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy

1999

FRINGE Festival, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze, Italy

1997

ASIART Asian Contemporary Art: Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea n°0 - L'incontro con l'Occidente, Palazzina S. Desiderio, Porto Antico, Genova, Italy

ELISIONI 1997: Ex Voto, Galleria SanLuca, Bologna / Chiesa del Pio Suffragio, Tempio dei Caduti, Fusignano, Ravenna, Italy



CURATORIAL

2005

KYOTO ART WALK, Nijo Castle/ Kiyomizu Temple/ Kodai Temple/ Saigyo-an Teahouse, Kyoto, Japan (artists: Wolfgang Laib, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Hans Christian Berg, Monika Kulicka, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Yuko Shiraishi, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto)



GRANTS / AWARDS

2018

Arts/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest - Invitational Artist-in-Residence - Clermont, KY, USA

2017

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant / Provincetown Art Association and Museum

2016

Antioch College - Invitational Artist-in-Residence, Yellow Springs, OH, USA

2015

Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant

Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Ireland

U. S. National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA - through Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery / Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2011

ArtPrize International Juried Award – juror: Nuit Banai

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest - Invitational Artist-in-Residence - Clermont, KY, USA

Gold Leaf Award - For Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities, International Society of Arboriculture

2010

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Schlachter Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Vista Foundation

2008-09

Project Support Grant - through Greater Reston Arts Center, Arts Council of Fairfax County, VA, USA

Porvoo A-i-R ry/rf - Taidetehdas/Artfactory, Porvoo, Finland

2007-08

Arlington Commission for the Arts, VA, USA

Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Ireland

2004

Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Ireland

Pro Artibus Foundation, Ekenäs, Finland

2002-03

Fundación Valparaíso, Almería, Spain

UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists | Sanskriti Foundation, Paris, France

2001

Associazione Culturale ARTEALTA, Castelmola, ME, Italy

2000

Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes, Marly-le-Roi, France

International Targetti Light Art Prize; awarded the 1st prize

1992

Scholarship from the Italian Government – Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy



LECTURES / WORKSHOPS

2018

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA

Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA

2016

Global Seminar, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, USA

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery / Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2015

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2012

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2010-11

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, Clermont, KY, USA

Global Tree project: HANGING GARDEN, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

SYMPOSIUM, MONGOLIA 360°, International Land Art Biennial, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2009

Pecha Kucha Night #6 - raising global awareness, Resources and Conservation Center, Washington, DC, USA

2008

Ippaku-tei Teahouse, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC, USA

Pecha Kucha Night #4 - going green, Lofts 11, Washington, DC, USA

Taidetehdas/Artfactory, Porvoo, Finland

2007-08

global tree project: SEEDING, Barrett Elementary School / Arlington Arts Center, VA, USA

2005

Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

2004

Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland

Västra Nylands Folkhögskola, Karis, Finland



COLLECTIONS / COMMISSIONS

(commission) Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery / Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH, USA

(commission) Arlington Commission for the Arts, VA, USA

ArteAlta, Castelmola, ME, Italy

(commission) Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy Tokyo - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Tokyo, Japan

(commission) Beşiktaş Municipality, Beşiktaş International Garden & Flower Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Comune di Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Italy

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC, USA

(commission) Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC, USA

(commission) Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA, USA

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, Sheboygan, WI, USA

Keuruun Museo, Keuruu, Finland

Kohler Co. Collection, Kohler, WI, USA

LUIGI PECCI Contemporary Art Museum, Prato, Italy

Lynne Cheney Collection

Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Pro Artibus Foundation, Ekenäs, Finland

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India

Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Shigeko Bork, Washington, DC, USA

(commission) Targetti Light Art Collection, Firenze, Italy

(commission) Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland



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