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Other than your own


Kengo Nakamura
May 11th (Tuesday) – June 5th (Saturday), 2010

★ Please be careful about the exhibition hall MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY Ginza Otsuka Building B1 2-16-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Kengo Nakamura was born in 1969, studied Japanese painting at Tama Art University, and then completed the graduate school in 1995.

Nakamura focuses on images from media familiar to us living in modern society, such as manga balloons, character silhouettes, floor plans of studio apartments, and "Re:" which means replying to emails. I am continuing to produce.

These motifs are often pointed out as being influenced by pop culture, but they are different from the concrete paintings that are an extension of the influence of the recent trends of manga and anime. Nakamura's work is a conceptual work that sharply abstracts the reality of the artist who lives in the present, while being strongly aware of the history and concept of what art is painting in the first place. In addition, it can be said that one of the elements that characterizes the work is that it is drawn using the technique of Japanese painting. In recent years, we have become more oriented towards more pure and formal pictorial expressions, going beyond straightforward visualization of ideas.

This exhibition will focus on new developments in the "other than myself" series, which has been produced since 2000. The "Other than myself" series is reminiscent of decorative images and abstract expressionist paintings on all-over screens, but if you take a closer look, you'll find an unnamed supporting character extracted from the manga. You can see that it is composed of silhouettes. In the latest series, the silhouette is transformed into a fragmented line, presenting a complex image that embraces the two extremes of concreteness and abstraction, chaos and order, and Japan and the West.

This time, in addition to the "other than myself" series, "COMPOSITION TOKYO" drawn based on the floor plan of a studio apartment that actually exists in Tokyo, "Re:" reminiscent of communication in the digital age, speech balloons without dialogue We will also exhibit new works of the series that are still being developed, such as "SPEECH BALLOONS", in which the motif is hollowed out like a pattern.

Please look forward to Kengo Nakamura's solo exhibition "Other than yourself".

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