Nagi Iwasaki Exhibition

Ouchi Gallery

poster for Nagi Iwasaki Exhibition

This event has ended.

In 2011, IWASAKI NAGI made “Declaration of New Primitive”,
which defines our beloved 21st century.
So where does the concept originate from?

“The old age primitive movement”, as known to the public,
derived from imperialism in 19th century.
The idea discovered “New lands” throughout the world,
where each and every one of them had its own culture.

“The new primitive”, as he names it, in fact comes from the social media site Facebook, which is a perfect example of the shape of this democratic country. It sees various cultures, living style, religions and believes. It links every nation without harm,
and is even able to overcome difficulties so effortlessly.

Nagi notes that many people still love drawing and painting to this day. Though, the contemporary art may not consider these styles as part of main stream, but it is the truth of what his sees and feels from his life experience.

So, he decides to paint such primitiveness based on his friends, value in life, and belief. And this is what “Declaration of the New Primitive” is all about.

He has chosen “HOPE” for his theme, because sadness is always too depressing and usual to touch upon. But hope is what we can establish nevertheless the place or time.

He wishes to reach out to you, and say “For sure on this day, we can declare our hope is limitless.”

“The New Primitive Declaration”

From a giant windmill, the ways of our modern day blow strong as wind.

That wind is crying, “Don’t draw! Just think! Think, and think well!”.

And at the same time, a strange knight rushes for the windmill.

He comes from the East, with three old brushes like Renaissance swords he inherited and twelve watercolor paints for a shield.

Even though we strain to make out his voice, the wind groans on too loud to hear it. Yet despite that distance, we can recognize it: he is stubborn. foolish, and on top of that, a Japanese knight; we know this right away.

He is, so to speak, a “Samurai Don Quixote”. “IWASAKI, Nagi,” this is his name. And now a strong wind spreads out his flag written in the Japanese sumi ink, black capital characters we take in:

“NEW PRIMITIVE,” the flag declares it.



from September 25, 2013 to September 29, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-09-24 from 19:00 to 22:00


Nagi Iwasaki

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