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【Represented Artist GooNakayama「SAPPY」@Artist Cafe Fukuoka】

Updated: Feb 10

 GooNakayama's solo exhibition 'SAPPY' is being held at Artist Cafe Fukuoka from 8 February. A new series of works, 'SAPPY', developed and expanded from the previous series 'SLACK', is being exhibited at Artist Cafe Fukuoka in Fukuoka City. If you are in the area, please drop by and have a look.



【Date】2024.2.8(Fri) - 2.29(Sun)

【Time】11:00 - 19:00

【Venue】Artist Cafe Fukuoka

 2-5, Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan



I write my letters.

However, I am not good at letters and writing. Even in conversation, I have said things that I shouldn't have said, and unbeknownst to me, I have fallen out with people and been cut off from them. To escape this annoying past, I write in "letters that only I can understand.

When choosing words, I am careful to choose those that resonate with me, and then I continue to wander through the whirlpool of words, and whatever I arrive at, I turn into my own words.

I have suffered from a strong sense of inferiority since childhood and tend to be drawn to negative words. In this case, "SAPPY" means "dumb" or "no good" in English.

When I was in my twenties, I was often told by others that I had " empty" or "don't you have any opinion?" I was bothered by it. I pretended to ignore the terrible things people said to me, and more than anything, for fear of being hurt, I converted them into words that only I could read, creating my own unique worldview.

I continue to create, feeling as if I have found something in a pile of garbage and am delighted by it.

The word "SAPPY" is a combination of the word "HAPPY" (happiness) and the word "SLACK" (laziness), which surrounds the word "SAPPY" on the left center of the work.

I expressed my bad self when I was not in the mood or when I put off a hassle with a puff of smoke.

In the smoke, something is hidden. My bad self is there, but there is also a glimmer of possibility and a bright future in the distance, and that kind of happiness coexists. That is all I see, and that is life.



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