Yoshinobu Nakagawa "Ridges on the Table"

Taguchi Fine Art

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Since around 1992, Nakagawa has been creating works titled "Ridges on the Table," which take vegetable fields and their continuous undulations as their motifs. They are oblong or oval shaped relief sculptures made of reclaimed paper, cotton cloth and cowhide. On these surfaces are linear projections like the "ridges" of cultivated fields. This installation consists of these works alone.

For Nakagawa, the process of producing artwork has something in common with a farmer's activity and his physical action. He also finds analogies between an artist's studio and the field where a farmer works, and regards the former as a "table". This is because a "table" is not only a familiar thing on which he draws and paints, but also has an ambivalent character that exists as a three dimensional object and, at the same time, appears to us as a two dimensional flat plane.

Nakagawa, who studied painting at university, has produced and exhibited mainly three dimensional works. However, he has been seeking an answer to the question, "what are the essential qualities of painting (two dimensional work)" by examining the transition from two dimensional to three dimensional and from three dimensional to two dimensional. The question also leads him to the counter-question, "what are the essential qualities of sculpture (three dimensional work)". When looking at relief works, the viewer's concern teeters between "the expanse of the flat surface - painting, two dimensional" and "the structure inside - sculpture, three dimensional".

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From 2009-05-16 To 2009-06-13

Opening Reception on 2009-05-16 from 17:00 to 19:00

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