Residency Unlimited

RU Talk: Mark-making—Tracing its Cultural Roots

Nana Shimomura, "The assumption 1 second = 20 cm", 2021, video, live streaming, 40:04.00.

Tuesday June 18, 2024 | 6:00pm

Location: Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (main green church doors), Brooklyn NY 11231 (map)

In addition to taking place in-person at RU, this program will be streamed online via Zoom at this link.

Please join us for a conversation between RU resident artist Nana Shimomura and the writer, editor, and international art critic Richard Vine. Together they will discuss Nana’s interest in creating works that are cohabited by marks and how these marks are embodiments of various times and spaces of the past, present, and future, giving expression to that same pure, primal creative impulse that birthed the constellations.

Nana assumes that calligraphy is a mode of expression rooted in the primal creative act of mark-making, or kaku (Japanese: “writing”, “drawing”, and “scratching”). Together with Richard Vine, who is deeply involved in Asian art, this conversation will be devoted to the analysis of the artist’s thought process in current and past works.


Richard Vine is a former managing editor of Art in America and the author of several hundred critical articles and reviews. His books include the career survey Odd Nerdrum: Paintings, Sketches, and Drawings (2001) and the art-historical New China, New Art (2008), which traces the emergence of avant-garde art in post-Mao China. In 2016, he published the artworld crime novel SoHo Sins. Vine has taught at the New School, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, and the University of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he has lectured at museums and cultural institutions throughout the world, and curated exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China, the National Academy of Art in New Delhi, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and Bienvenu Steinberg and J Gallery, New York.

Nana Shimomura is a multidisciplinary artist who deconstructs calligraphy by intertwining her work with contemporary media and informing it through temporal and perceptual analysis. After based in Tokyo, she resided in Barcelona on a grant from the Pola Art Foundation starting in 2022, and is currently staying in New York on a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan. She has exhibited widely, including at Roppongi Art Night and received awards such as the Gunma Biennale Encouragement Award. Her work has been showcased at Blanc Gallery in New York and Hangar in Barcelona, and she has participated in events such as “Today is Tàpies” organized by the Antoni Tàpies Foundation. Until 2022, she worked as an assistant at Tokyo University of the Arts. Currently, she is a resident at RU and an intern at the Reversible Destiny Foundation.

This program benefits from the support of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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