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vol.144 GOONAKAYAMA「ODD2023」

 The exhibition "ODD2023" by contemporary calligrapher Goo Nakayama will open on 15 April. The free and swelling brushstrokes and forms. At the same time as the humorous and soft images unique to Goo's calligraphy, the ink lines that fill the screen also give a sense of momentum and speed. Please take a look at the new ODD. vol.144 Goo Nakayama "ODD2023"


2023.4.15 sat - 4.30 sun

Open : 13:00 - 19:00

Cloesd : Tue, Wed

Gallery NAO MASAKI

Artist will be at 4.15 Sat, 4.16 Sun


 Goo Nakayama's characters are born on the island of Iki in Nagasaki, hidden from the public eye. His forms are born every day as he breathes in and out. Goo has chosen natural motifs such as flowers, birds and the moon, but what he has captured this time is the very thought that drifts inside him. People are free, but they are not free, which is why he rides his motorbike to pick up the signs of drifting on the island, and goes to catch the wind.  The character this time is the word 'ODD'. Derived from the previous word 'SLACK', the swarm of fuzzy Goo letters move forward in a body. They disappear and are born, disappear and are born again, creating the next source of sustenance... It overlaps with the figure of him and us humans who are moving on to the next, There is a strength to the film that makes you want to watch it with a giggle and a chuckle, even as it mopes along. So, where will he go tomorrow? Let's all take a look. Gallery NAO MASAKI

Nao Masaki


 

ODD stands for 'weird' or 'strange' with the nuance of 'different from usual/normal' or 'different from what you would expect'.

A cat's eye with both eyes of different colours is called an ODD EYE, but a sense of destiny in a piece of paper that is about to be thrown away, or

Or turning over in a pile of crap on the verge of being trashed.

Trauma, bad memories and inferiority complexly intertwined in letters that emerge from the unknown, appear and dance on paper.

ODD, a strange creature born in the worst possible environment appear from somewhere and summon them onto paper.

Goo Nakayama


 

Goo Nakayama

 Born in 1975 on Iki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture. At the age of 40, he was impressed by the free and dynamic expression of the calligrapher Yuichi Inoue, and began to explore his own free expression using ink and paper. He created 1000 works while asking himself questions over a year or more with hieroglyph-like works with "birds" as a motif. While working on the theme of what letters are, while looking at the works that appeared in front of him, He thought about the ancient people who created letters in the distant past, and also about the origin of Kanji, such as oracle bone script and grammatology. He learns in his spare time and always deepens his flexible thoughts about his own expression. Birds, moons, flowers, ALIVE, PAIN, stars, nothing... Little by little, He continue to increase his own "characters" that spring up from his roots.

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