SNOW Contemporary is delighted to announce Yumiko Shinozaki’s solo exhibition Neoplasm
from Friday, October 7th through Saturday, November 5th.
Yumiko Shinozaki was born 1987 in Fukuoka Prefecture and completed her M.A. at Osaka
University of Arts Graduate School in 2011. Leaving strong impressions with her unique artworks and perspectives towards the world, she has participated varied ambitious group
exhibitions such as The Power of Decoration―A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kôgei (2009/The
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Crafts Gallery, Tokyo), ART dosue (2011/Hidari
Zingaro, Tokyo), ARTS OF JOMON (2013/hpgrp GALLERY, New York), and Red Bull Music
Academy Tokyo (2014/Red Bull Music Academy, Tokyo) as well as her solo exhibitions.
Although the viewer may recall candies or toys from its colorful and fancy appearances, the
texture of her works with cracks and air bubbles are rather raw and organic, and highly haptic.
Its unique figure triggers the viewer to an uneasy state as though when encountering something
you’d never experienced before, while at the same time stimulates the viewer's curiosity and
In this exhibition, Shinozaki will present her new works focusing on images and substances
consumed in this highly computerized society.
The title Neoplasm means a tumor. Shinozaki mentions that a tumor growing and spreading
repeatedly and quietly in a body is similar to the state of images and substances constantly
developing from human cravings. Biologically, a tumor is understood as both evolution and
degeneration, and is interpreted as an aspect of both—rather than leaving them as antonyms.
Consumed images and substances also improve our convenience and efficiency, while
decreases our intellect and imagination at the same time. By incorporating images and
substances we had ephemerally been consuming into her porcelain works, Shinozaki succeeds
in bringing permanency into those images and substances that were about to be consumed and
disappear. We hope all viewers will enjoy Shinozaki’s new work exhibition Neoplasm, where
she utilizes flooding information and images with ingenuity and presents a vision toward the
future through her formative language.