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Since 2003 Sohei Nishino has been making large-scale photo collages of the world’s cities. He spends months walking their streets and compiling hundreds of rolls of film. Once back in his studio in Tokyo he assembles them into re-imagined Diorama Maps. These maps have been exhibited globally and are housed in prestigious collections worldwide.
Nishino’s Day Drawings are an extension of the Diorama Map series. The delicate white lines that you see meandering across jet-black backgrounds plot the GPS path walked by Nishino on any given day. The course he takes is determined by the form and shape of the city he is photographing and it is this urban trajectory that forms the subject matter of his Day Drawings.
Nishino comes from a long tradition of artists who use their own body’s progress across the landscape as the subject of their work. One thinks of Richard Long mapping his walks in stones or Bruce McLean famously Taking a Line for a Walk in 1969.
“For the past 13 years I have been working on my ‘Diorama Map’ series. Walking around cities with my camera, I gradually realised that they have been composed and created by the paths humans have taken over a long period of time. I became very interested in this movement, these ancient primordial walks. The Day Drawing series depicts my passage through a city filtering out the noise of others to focus on my own personal every day journey.
These lines, which can only be recognised from objective GPS data signify my act of drawing on the earth.”
- Sohei Nishino, 2016
Due to the delicate nature of the prints all prices include framing. They also exclude VAT.