The Red Car at the 86th Street Station, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Silver Car at the 86th Street Station, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Woman and Man, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Old Man, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Passing Train (Red), 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Arrival, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Silver Car at the 79th Street Station II, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Silver Car at the 79th Street Station, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Yellow Car, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
The Yellow Car in the Sun, 30" x 30", Color photograph, 2000
STATEMENT(for Uptown Bound series):
I began studying photography in 1993. From the beginning I was attracted to the lights and shadows created by subway architecture, especially the way the roofs of cars and tracks are bathed in light from the street. I always marveled at the effects so produced; they reminded me of Medieval religious paintings. The lighting often created dreamlike shadows, sometimes creating ghostly effects. I was always fascinated with the surreal images created by this everyday environment.
In April 2000, I visited nearby station with a rented Hasselblad. That was a sunny Sunday morning and I felt the lighting through the street level looked perfect. I set up my tripod in the platform and started pressing the cable release. I continued to do so for about thirty minutes until a policeman interrupted me. I was disappointed, but the results of that half hour’s work developed quite beautifully, and I felt quite blessed. The images I captured that morning were first exhibited in a group show which opened at the Gallery located just a few blocks away from the WTC on Thursday, September 6th, 2001.
Now these works remind me of the innocence of New York City before 9/11, the city I’ve loved so dearly since I moved here two decades ago.
Masayo Nishimura Mniart@aol.com
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012 Exposure, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2011 Aperture Gallery, New York City What matters now? Proposals for a new front page, 2010 Some Notion of Perfection, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2009 Ineffable Woman: a Bi-Coastal Conversation about Women’s Art, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2009 Ineffable Woman: a Bi-Coastal Conversation about Women’s Art, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco 2008 Ceres Summer Group Show, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2001 Group Show, SoHo Photo Gallery, New York City 2000 Generations II, A.I.R.Gallery in SoHo, New York City 1999 MFA Thesis Show, Visual Art Gallery in SoHo, New York City 1997 Through the Lens, Agora Gallery in SoHo, New York City 1997 Generations, A.I.R.Gallery in SoHo, New York City 1997 Something Twisted, SVA Eastside Gallery, New York City 1997 Five Vu, Synchronicity Space in SoHo, New York City 1996 City Vibes, Ward-Nasse Gallery in SoHo, New York City 1996 ConversAsia, Open House Exhibition in SoHo, New York City 1996 Force of Habit, Repetition Reinforces Collectively, A.I.R.Gallery in SoHo, New York City
2014 The New Horizon: Scenes in northern Japan two years after the disaster, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2012 Recollections vol.2;Tokyo, June 2011, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2011 Uptown Bound – First & Another 10th Anniversary, Gallery 502a, New York City 2011 Recollections: From New York to Tokyo, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2009 Uptown Bound, Ceres Gallery, New York City 2008 Uptown Bound, Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York City 2006 Uptown Bound , PaulaBarr Chelsea, New York City 2001 Scene #1, SoHo Photo Gallery, New York City 2000 1/1, 7th and 2nd Street Photo Gallery, New York City
Selected Video & Film Screenings:
2000 Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, New Jersey 2000 Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, San Jose, California 2000 Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas 2000 New Directors/New Films, Film Society of Lincoln Center & Museum of Modern Art, New York (screened at MOMA) 2000 Film Fest New Heaven, New Heaven, Connecticut 2000 Taos Talking Picture Film Festival, Taos, New Mexico 2000 Thaw 00:Festival of Video, Film, and Digital media, Iowa City, Iowa 2000 ARCIPELAGO-Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggi e Nuove Immagini, Rome, Italy, 2000 Stony Brook Film Festival, Stony Brook, New York 2000 CYNETart 00, Dresden, Germany 1999 ANIMAC, Mostra Internacional De Cinema D’animacio, Lleida, Spain 1999 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo, California 1999 The Louisville Film and Video Festival, Louisville, Kentucky 1999 The New York Exposition of short Film and Video, NYC, New York 1999 Telluride IndieFest, Telluride, Colorado
2003 WNET/Thirteen the eighth annual Reel New York 2000 The Territory, programmed by South West Alternative Media Project (SWAMP)
2000 Director’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival 2000 Student Academy Award, New York regional finalist 2000 Honorable Mention, Rochester International Film Festival 1999 Honorable Mention, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 1999 Jurors’ Award, The Louisville Film and Video Festival 1999 Jury Award, The New York Exposition of Short Film and Video Festival 1999 Short Video Winner, Telluride IndieFest
2012 By Tema Stauffer, www.manafinearts.com Masayo Nishimura: Recollections vol. 2, Tokyo, June 2011 Ceres Gallery 2011 Snap frozen moments: Masayo Nishimura at Ceres Gallery by Lynette Chiang , Chelsea Gallerista – chelseagallerista.blogspot.com 2011 Fashion Week Fall 2011 / Getaways from the Runways, GOTHAM MAGAZINE, gotham-magazine.com 2011 3 Cool Things to Do This Weekend | CityRover New York , by Esther Zinn, cityroverwalks.com/ 2009 Uptown Bound: Ceres presents Masayo Nishimura’s New York City subway photographs, by Lorenzo Dominguez, NY Photography Examiner 2001 Through the looking glass: Japanese artists on view in N.Y. by Catherine Heines The Daily Yomiuri 2000 ND/NF: Short Films Make it Big, Where You’ll Find the Next Spike Jonze by Anthony Kaufman, indiewire.com
MFA Computer Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York BA Theater Arts, Hunter College of City University of New York BFA Oil Painting, Women’s College of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan