Natsuyuki Nakanishi Exhibition

SCAI The Bathhouse

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Produced in 2013, Natsuni Nakanishi’s “Touching Down on Land and Touching Down on Water XIV: Itsuura Coast” is modeled after Rokkakudo, a small hexagonal temple erected on the edge of Itsuura Coast in Ibaraki prefecture. The minimalist temple designed by Okakura Tenshin had an area of approximately 6m2, and Nakanishi’s sculptural work has a foundation of the exact same size, also featuring six brass rectangular plates hung from above. As the painting stands vertically, it emphasizes the weak and unstable axis of the horizontal plane. In search of the perfect horizon, Nakanishi finds a clue in tea ceremony rituals continued since the Muromachi period. Known for its simplicity of fusing Buddhism and the “Way of Tea,” this temple was a place of meditation where one could gaze at the flat water plane in a tea cup, while overlooking the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The work makes a tribute to the Rokkakudo temple, which was destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake, through insinuating subtle references: thin brass plates hung vertically and reflections of small metal balls glitter on sand.
“Touching Down on Land and Touching Down on Water XIV: Itsuura Coast” is conceived from the artist’s profound thoughts about painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the legacy of the artist, who passed away in October last year, and offers an opportunity to reconsider painting and how it is composed.

[Related Event]
Talk Event by Kuniichi Uno, a philosopher with strong connections to the artist
Event Date: Sep. 15 (Fri) 17:00-
Capacity: 50 (booking required)
*Bookings can be made via the official website.
*Event in Japanese.



from September 15, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Closed on Mondays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Opening Reception on 2017-09-15 from 18:00 to 20:00



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