Shogo Shimizu (清水将吾) – Patience Note II

Shogo Shimizu 清水将吾 – Patience Note II
September 6th – October 8th, 2023
Reception: September 6th, 2023, 6 – 9 pm
No Gallery – 105 Henry Street #4 NYC

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Single Works

It’s difficult to write about Shogo Shimizu’s work without entirely contradicting its tortured charm. Situated uniformly across the walls of No Gallery; rather, the 22 uniquely framed works find themselves perfectly contextualizing; enacting the circular sustaining process of ingestion and excretion that the drawings (Shimizu works almost exclusively on paper) picture. Exceedingly anxious, the work attracts beyond the artist’s obvious facility; capitalizing upon a collective voyeuristic fascination with the train-wreck of the perpetual teenage; i.e., punk; and the appeal of witnessing a violence only physically possible in the space of an imaginary.

Those unfamiliar with the Japanese language, or references particular to this culture, traditional and contemporary, nonetheless enter a familiar if uncomfortable psychic space via Shimizu’s evocation of the body, its fluid and flex vulnerability; and, the fashion in which it’s sheltered, confined, exposed and transformed. A Man Whose Mouth and Urethra Have Been Replaced and Whose Head, Bad Kidneys, and Penis Are Docked, Pissing in a Public Toilet; or, internalized violence and a cast shadow of the oppressively polite and cute as highly functioning – generative.

~ Exhibition text by Jeffrey Rosen

Shogo Shimizu – Japanese, b. 1993 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan – Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Shimizu has used sculpture and a variety of other media to express his anxieties & delusions about urban life & technology with a science fiction imagination and a sense of humor based on references to underground youth culture.This is Shimizu’s first solo exhibition in with No Gallery and in New York City.

この度No Galleryでは、2023年9月6日より、日本を拠点に活動するアーティスト、清水将吾の個展「Patience Note II」を開催いたします。





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~ Translation by Fuyumi Murata

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