NOWHERE NOW HERE by Shinpei Kusanagi

日本人作家、クサナギシンペイの作品集。2015年にタカ・イシイギャラリーで開催された展覧会「nowhere now here」に伴い刊行された。





Official Press Release:

Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce “nowhere now here,” a solo exhibition by Shinpei Kusanagi from February 14th to March 14th, 2015. Kusanagi’s third solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery and his first in Tokyo, “nowhere now here” will feature approximately 15 new works. His last solo exhibition with the gallery was presented two years ago.

“Hey, hey, Mr. Acosta!” I yelled. “Can I come with you?” I noticed that he had stopped walking; it was again more a feeling than an actual sight because the bush was so thick. “You can certainly come with me if you can find an entry into the bush,” he said.
-Carlos Castaneda, “The Active side of Infinity” (Harper, 1998), p.121

The exhibition includes works made by staining untreated cotton and hemp fabrics as well as wooden panels featuring detailed images of plants and landscapes. The two bodies of works have influenced one another in terms of paying meticulous attention to the details of events and things, and the act of drawing as a means of preserving them in memory. In the stained works, which are central to Kusanagi’s practice, the contours of the painted forms are not clearly defined. He captures landscapes by incorporating the element of chance that is introduced through the staining method. The figures, forms, architectural elements, and space, which are constituted by layers of overlapping imagery that exist between abstraction and representation, remain active on the picture plane with their seemingly melting colors. They connect with something inside viewers to evoke various landscapes, much as the way in which music does in its listeners.

by Shinpei Kusanagi

REGULAR PRICE ¥1,980  (tax incl.)

40 pages
182 x 210 mm
limited edition of 500 copies