LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Established in 2019, Jeu. is an art duo consisting of Hideaki NISHIMURA and Yumi TOYAMA.
In today's era of myriad fictions arising from various values, various philosophies, various sciences, and various crises, the aim of our creations is to evoke questions and contemplation of how human beings perceive and confront reality.
For this reason, our artistic manifesto is "DEEP REALITY", and we seek to pursue and demonstrate this manifesto through a variety of media, including mixed media, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, architecture and land art.
Artist: Hideaki NISHIMURA
Hideaki NISHIMURA is a 1st-class licensed architect in Japan and representative of an architectural design agency ANTI -Atelier across Art and Architecture- (www.anti.archi).
In addition to his works as an architect, He has also been creating installation artworks and land art projects.
As an architect, his constant interest has been in visualising the laws of the world that are not reflected in the retina, such as the circulation of forces in the universe and nature, the relationship between each element in space and time, and the tension between the inside and the outside of an object.
His attempts to visualise invisible laws can be found in his some artworks such as "BALANCE | IMBALANCE (www.anti.archi/balance-imbalance)" and "WATER CONCERTO (www.anti.archi/water-concerto)".
And now, his artistic focus is on "Deep Reality" that can only be perceived by enhancing the conceptual intensity, resolution and purity of our perception of reality.
In order to give shape to the traces of such "DEEP REALITY" that lurks in the depth of our perception, he is attempting to expand his field of activity from architecture to contemporary art.
Artist: Yumi TOYAMA
Yumi Toyama used to work as a manicurist in the luxury fashion industry in Paris.
Her nail art (www.instagram.com/v.uej/?igshid=18sr47ohvcizb), characterized by subtle colors and minimalistic sculptural expressions, was appreciated from major fashion companies such as Vogue, Chanel, and Christian Louboutin, and she had been commissioned to work on a variety of projects such as brand advertisings, magazine shootings, and beauty consultings.
During her creative experience in the glamorized luxury fashion industry, however, her artistic interests gradually turned away from the fictional world of branding to the real world without any deception.
The purpose of her creation has now shifted from merely pursuing visual beauty into evoking contemplation and self-reflection through the messages and questions contained in her artworks.
As a creator who was once complicit in establishing the fictional fashion system, she believes now that what we need to communicate to the world today is not to encourage people to escape to an artificial fantasy world, but rather to confront "DEEP REALITY" that is not influenced by the superficial fictions.
This is the reason why she has changed her lifework from a manicurist in the fashion world to a contemporary artist, pursuing the theme of "DEEP REALITY" to bring a new perspective to people's perceptions in our world full of fictions.
WHO I AM
Jeu. is an art duo for contemporary art and architecture
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