Foam is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Shigeru Onishi in Europe.
Onishi's photos are enormously expressive thanks to the creative use of multiple exposures in the darkroom, atypical development methods, using photographic paper, brush and hot chemical baths, and intentional discolouration with acetic acid. The result is a collection of dreamy – and sometimes sinister – photo montages, in which nudes, cityscapes, trees, portraits and interiors seem to merge into his painterly applications of the photographic emulsion. Art critic Shuzo Takiguchi described Onishi’s work as "curiously clouded dissolved states of time and space." The performative power of his work, which lies in the use of photography as an 'action' and as an expression of feeling instead of as a document, seems to be an early predecessor (and perhaps a source of inspiration) to the raw, poetic imagery of the Provoke generation. Having blasted into the photography scene in the late 1950s, Shigeru Onishi never found a place for himself there, and within 2 or 3 years he moved on to creating abstract ink paintings.
In collaboration with MEM and Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, Foam will be the first museum in Europe to stage a solo exhibition of his work, aiming to assign his short-lived, but brilliant photographic oeuvre its place in history.
ABOUT SHIGERU ONISHI
Shigeru Onishi (1928–1994) was a Japanese mathematician who in 1955 attracted the attention of the photography scene in Japan with his exhibition and started playing a role in the subjectivist photography movement. After a few years, however, he disappeared again from the photography scene.
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Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.