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In her work, Hiroko Nakajima produces geometrical running patterns or designs. She makes use of artificial geometrical forms based on mathematical principles and concepts to restructure a series of natural phenomena and events that occur under a certain set of conditions. Nakajima refers to these as “continuums.”

 

The title of the exhibition is derived from a vague question that interested Nakajima as a small child: “What is the world made up of?” Using this question as an artistic concept, Nakajima arrived at works in which she develops spaces based on the mathematical notion of space-filling curves in order to demonstrate that “although they may not be visible, continuous realms (spaces) definitely exist.”

 

In this exhibition, Nakajima presents a new installation of continuums constructed in a regulated and sensuous manner by filling the whole of the open display space with patterns made up of series of lines. By intuitively incorporating the disparities, irregularities, and deficiencies contained in geometrical continuums, Nakajima developed planar works and spaces as new forms of visual expression. Then, during a stay in Europe, Nakajima discovered the uniquely Japanese aesthetic rooted in the incomplete. Throughout this exhibition space, two- and three-dimensional works provide close-ups of certain pieces of the continuums, which are expressed through shapes, colors, and lines, while including elements (parts) that comprise a sense of continuity while shifting back and forth between other dimensions. It is our hope that you will enjoy experiencing the works of Hiroko Nakajima, who interprets these unique realms and reimagines them as spaces.

Hiroko NAKAJIMA

 

Biography

1981 Born in Tokyo, Japan

2011 Graduated from the Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University, Major in textile, Craft design course

2014-15 Research Fellowship, Finnish Museum of National History, University of Helsinki

2014-16 Research Fellowship, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Mathematical Institute, Germany

2015-16 Research Fellowship, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany​

2016 Research Fellowship, Institute Henri Poincaré, Paris, France

 

Grants

2014-15 Grant for Overseas Study by Young Artist, Pola Art Foundation (Germany and Finland)

2016 Grant for Overseas Researching Study by Young Artist, Nomura Foundation (Germany and France)

https://www.nakajimah.com

Hilbert curve,2021  2021  Acrylic gouache on wood panels(8)  70 x 70cm(each), 140 x 280cm(overall)

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Hilbert curve,2021  2021  Acrylic gouache on wood panels(8)  70 x 70cm(each), 140 x 280cm(overall)

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Incomplete continuum  2021 Styrene board, vinyl chloride plate, MDF, urethane paint, acrylic gouache, cutting sheet, wall paper

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Incomplete continuum  2021 Styrene board, vinyl chloride plate, MDF, urethane paint, acrylic gouache, cutting sheet, wall paper

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Incomplete continuum  2021 Styrene board, vinyl chloride plate, MDF, urethane paint, acrylic gouache, cutting sheet, wall paper

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Incomplete continuum  2021 Styrene board, vinyl chloride plate, MDF, urethane paint, acrylic gouache, cutting sheet, wall paper

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Drawing for composition01 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

Drawing for composition02 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 38 x 27 cm

Drawing for composition03 2021 Ink, pencil, and color pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

Drawing for composition01 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

Drawing for composition02 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 38 x 27 cm

Drawing for composition03 2021 Ink, pencil, and color pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO

1.Hilbert curve,2021 2021  Acrylic gouache on wood panels(8) 70 x 70cm(each), 140 x 280cm(overall)

 

2.Incomplete continuum 2021 Styrene board, vinyl chloride plate, MDF, urethane paint, acrylic gouache, cutting sheet, wall paper

 

3.Drawing for composition01 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

 

4.Drawing for composition02 2021 Ink and pencil on paper 38 x 27 cm

 

5.Drawing for composition03 2021 Ink, pencil, and color pencil on paper 27 x 38 cm

HIRAKU PROJECT VOL.12

 

Hiroko NAKAJIMA
CONTINUUM|The constitutive elements of the world

 

September 18 sat, 2021 – March 30 sun, 2022

 

Organized by : Pola Museum of Art, Pola Art Foundation

 

Venue: Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art