Modern Artist, born in Gifu in 1971. Known for the “ECHO” series, “Liminal Air”, “Memorial Rebirth” and “Flotage”, Ohmaki takes keywords such as space, time, gravity, and memory into his theme of space and existence of objects in his work. Using many techniques, he tries to bring forth what cannot be seen. By poising this experience, he tries to create a new space of physical awareness. Softly yet dramatically, an unrealistic world of dynamic awakening is the new installation piece Ohmaki has announced. Recently in his “house” series (Ichihara Art x Mix, Echigotsumari Art Triennia 2015, Adachiku Minka 2016) he takes old Japanese houses and brings forth the time and memories of the place by using light in the darkness as an installation piece. His work is not only seen in Japan, but he actively exhibits in galleries and museums around the world.
At the entrance of Tsubaki-no-yu, a camellia sculpture using the techniques of Nebuta will be on exhibit.
“Memorial Rebirth” by Shinji Ohmaki is an art performance piece with millions of soap bubbles adorning the sky, filling the everyday scenery with light. This piece of art that brings forward the memories of the past while creating new memories for the present is one of Ohmaki’s most famous art works that has been presented in many places in and out of Japan. In June 2018, a 3D art piece “Tsubaki” (temporary) will be created for the “Memorial Rebirth” in the courtyard of Asuka-no-yu. Please enjoy the bubble-filled environment that has been the history of the people of Dogo Onsen with its past and many memories, and now stands ready to widen the circle of people.
He produced a large three-dimensional work with a motif of “Tsubaki (camellias)” which is the City Flower of Matsuyama in which Dogo Onsen (Hot Spring) is located. The three-dimensional structure of the large camellia, which symbolizes the Nature of Dogo, the water which supports the people’s lives, and the eternal circle of life, was created in the courtyard of Asuka no Yu. People are able to enter the inside of the large camellia, and consequently create scenery like a stage in which people look like the flower core of the camellia and the space between the people and the camellia resounds.