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The world consists of various people who are living their own lives.
 All the characters are the same: “LIFE/生”
 written on various kinds of paper from around the world.

 

 
Website “LIFE/生”
https://www.life-nakajimahiroyuki.com


I’m glad to inform about the exhibition in Norwegian wood whose theme is the relation between man and nature.
 

“LIFE WITH NATURE”

in August & September, 2020

at Bergen, Gjøvik, Oslo, Drammen, Fredrikstad in Norway

Lisa Karina Bakke(Photographer)/ Nakajima Hiroyuki(Calligrapher)

 
 
 
Web Site: “LIFE WITH NATURE”

Promotion video

 

The mountains in the Himalayas become visible for the first time in 30 years.
Fishes swimming around the water can be seen in Venice canals.
Sea turtles are thriving on the empty beaches in Florida.

The ‘lockdown’ experience has completely changed not only our lives but also the natural environment. We are perhaps seeing our planet in a new light now. It seems that this awful virus has not only caused great damage, but also has given us an opportunity to reflect on our approach to nature. “What nature was for us… And what we had done to it”.
We really hope this project will provide clues to reconsider our life and nature in a post-Covid-19 world. Artists have no borders even in hard times like this. When different values meet each other, something new is born. We also hope this project will be a cultural bridge between Norway and Japan.

Lisa Karina Bakke/Nakajima Hiroyuki

 

This project started just after the lockdown was lifted in Norway. Lisa Karina Bakke took her children out for walks to the forest close of her house for the first time in a while. At that time she fully realized the positive impact that nature has had upon her formative years. In the forest she took lots of pictures of her children enjoying in nature. This precious experience evoked the inner child in her. Being in the same situation in Japan, Nakajima Hiroyuki got the sudden email from Norway. It was the offer of this project from Lisa Karina Bakke. He replied right away to her that he deeply sympathized with the concept of this project whose theme is based on nature.
Lisa Karina Bakke’s photos taken in the forest are printed using the technique, photopolymer(*1). Nakajima Hiroyuki writes the Japanese character “LIFE” on a piece of rice paper with natural dye such as Indigo, Walnut and Olive. Then both artworks are compressed together and united into one by the technique, Chine Collé(*2) which is a special printmaking technique. This is the first attempt to unite photos of Norwegian forest by photopolymer printing and calligraphy with natural dye on Japanese rice paper together into one series of artwork.

*1/Photopolymer
Photopolymer is a printmaking technique in which a photographic image is printed with an Etching Press, using a photosensitive printing plate. It attracts attention as a non-toxic printing technique that creates a plate with light and water without using chemicals.
 *2/Chine-collé
Chine-collé is a printmaking technique in which the image is transferred onto the thin paper that is bonded onto a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as the Eastern paper or linen.


Exhibition in Norway Girl in the lake (indigo color)
Girl in the lake (indigo color)

I uploaded some short movies: “LIFE” WAS BORN.
 




As Covid-19 spreads throughout the world, many artists are working at home in their own way. In such a situation, I built the new website: ‘生/LIFE’. I really hope this website will provide clues to reconsider our life in a post-COVID-19 world.
 
Web Site: ‘生/LIFE’


New Website: ‘生/LIFE’

—Unlike digital communication, handwriting carries something beyond literal meaning, something of the soul—
 
Through the eyes of twelve international artists Traces of the Soul explores the world of contemporary calligraphy and why it is an increasingly relevant art form in this digital age. The film reveals how the art, philosophies and life stories of these artists, whose diverse work is rooted in the ancient traditions of calligraphy, reflect and engage with the modern world.
Join us for a screening and presentation by director Martin Cooper and some of the artists featured in the documentary.
The film, was selected for a number of festivals including Washington DC DocFest, Sydney Independent Film Festival and Docs Without Borders. It won First Prize at the ‘Szolnok International Arts Film Festival’ in Hungary and also Best Contemporary Art Documentary and Most Beautiful Film In Festival at the ‘Master of Arts Film Festival’ in Sofia.
This event is part of Converging Paths 2020, organised by Asia House and The Barakat Trust, and with the support of The Altajir Trust. The event has been facilited by Sakiko Nishihara.
 
Date And Time
Wed, 11 March 2020
18:45 – 21:00 GMT
Location
Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP
United Kingdom
 
Web Site: Details and tickets


“Traces of the Soul” in London

The article and photos were published in the newspaper “Wen Wei Po” on Aug 27th.

“Artworks often start from “people”, combining aesthetics, explore and reflect on the relationship between people and the world in various form. Even if a piece of art cannot directly save a life, it can make people feel the value of life, and let them know that every individual is worth cherishing. Contemporary Japanese artist and calligrapher, Hiroyuki Nakajima decided to let him go of himself during he was creating. He looks at the world, opening up the perspective of people and nature, and shows concern for people in the artwork……”


Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 4

I came back from Hong Kong last week. I was made to think about many things through the exhibition “Life/生”. The first thing I was worried about was whether I could reach my destination safely during the protest movement. I was constantly checking the latest information about Hong Kong on the internet and TV. Fortunately, my flight to Hong Kong was on the next day of the date of the large strike (Aug.5th), and my return flight had departed just several hours before all flights were canceled (Aug.12th). It was really lucky that I could get through the situation without serious problems.
 And the situation in Hong Kong made me think about social diversity which is the theme of the exhibition. Each person’s “Life” must not be suppressed by social intolerance. In Hong Kong, there used to be an atmosphere where people can feel free to say whatever they want. But recently, they are gradually being deprived of the freedom. Hong Kong police uses brutal tactics and China’s Armed Police Force is stationed very close to Hong Kong. Under these tense situation, I prayed that I can hold such an exhibition again here in the future.
 Social diversity cannot exist without freedom of expression. It was my pleasure that the young couple who came first to the opening said, “This is the timely exhibition”. Overwhelming number of protesting citizens and “Post-It notes” on Hong Kong’s Lennon Wall around the city…..when I saw them, it reminded me of my “Life” pieces on the wall of the gallery.
 I appreciate everyone of the gallery inviting me to Hong Kong.


Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 3 Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ANTHONY KWAN
Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ANTHONY KWAN
Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 3 Picture: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Picture: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The article and photos were published in the newspaper “Hong Kong Economic Times” 15/08/2019.


Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 2

Solo exhibition 《LIFE / 生》has started. It lasts until September 14th.
ART PROJECTS GALLERY
Unit 17A, 17/F, Regency Centre Phase 2
43 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
Web Site: ART PROJECTS GALLERY


Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 1

It’s my pleasure to inform about my exhibition in Hong Kong in August and September 2019. The latest “LIFE” series are exhibited in ART PROJECTS GALLERY. Through this exhibition, I would like to express a sense of solidarity with people in Hong Kong who have been fighting for their freedom and democracy since Hong Kong was transferred to China in 1997. I’m sincerely looking forward to you visiting the gallery.
Web Site:ART PROJECTS GALLERY
 
from August 10th to September 14th, 2019
ART PROJECTS GALLERY
-Contemporary Fine Art-
Unit 17A, 17/F, Regency Centre Phase 2
43 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
 
In 2009, I began to write a character “LIFE” continuously on small pieces of paper to pray for children who died due to hunger-related causes. One day when I gazed at many of the “LIFE” pieces on a wall in my studio, each of the characters looked like faces and figures of people. At that moment, I have just thought of an idea that I would express diversity of our society. All of the characters are the same, “LIFE” but each one has different expression on various kinds of paper from around the world.
Due to the expansion of the Internet, everyone had got an opportunity to transmit his (her) own thoughts to the world. I hoped it would widen diversity of our society. But ironically, people gathered together for the same values, and became indifferent and intolerant to others. As a result, our society is loosing its diversity and open-mindedness.
If there are a hundred people, there are a hundred ways of life.


Info: Exhibition “LIFE” in Hong Kong

Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery, the only gallery in Paris dedicated exclusively to Japanese contemporary art, hopes to highlight the richness and diversity of current artistic creation in Japan this summer. The artists speak to the imagination of an unexpected world – and truly unique – always mixing tradition and modernity.
July 4 to August 17, 2019
Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery
7, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Artists:
Akira Kugimachi – Hiroyuki Nakajima – Aya Kawato – Jacques Bosser – Louie Talents – Joji Nakamura – Kohey Kanno – Wataru Yamakami – Mark Vassallo – Shinya Nakazato – Yuki Nara – Yuki Onodera – Andoche Praudel – Olivier Aubry
Web Site:Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery

Artsper, European leader for online contemporary art sales, allows you to stay in touch with the artists represented by Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery during your summer holidays. The works presented during the collective exhibition, which will take place from July 4th to August 17th, will also be visible online.
Web Site:Artsper

Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery, seule galerie parisienne uniquement dédiée à l’art contemporain japonais, souhaite cet été mettre l’accent sur la richesse et la diversité de la création artistique actuelle au Japon. Les artistes exposés parlent à l’imagination d’un monde inattendu – et véritablement unique – mêlant toujours tradition et modernité.
du 4 juillet au 17 août, 2019
Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery
7, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Artistes:
Akira Kugimachi – Hiroyuki Nakajima – Aya Kawato – Jacques Bosser – Louie Talents – Joji Nakamura – Kohey Kanno – Wataru Yamakami – Mark Vassallo – Shinya Nakazato – Yuki Nara – Yuki Onodera – Andoche Praudel – Olivier Aubry
Web Site:Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery

La plateforme Artsper vous permet de rester en contact avec les artistes représentés par Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery durant vos vacances d’été. Les oeuvres présentées lors de l’exposition collective qui aura lieu du 4 juillet au 17 août seront également visibles en ligne.
Web Site:Artsper


Collective exhibition in Paris

19.01.03 Zen Book

Swiss publishing house, NuiNui published the book about zen and its influence in contemporary Japan. My work was featured on the book’s cover and contents.
 
GIAPPONE LA VITA IN ZEN —Gavin Blair
https://www.nuinui.ch/it/libro/giappone-la-vita-in-zen/
 
JAPON LA VIE EN ZEN —Gavin Blair
https://www.nuinui.ch/fr/livre/japon-la-vie-en-zen/
 
21.5 × 26.5 cm, 4 colors, 224 pages
Written in Italian or French
Price: 30 €
Publisher: NuiNui
ISBN 978 2 88935 133 6
Amazon offers the book online.
Amazon Italy
Amazon France
Amazon Japan
 


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