Nanami Inoue to participate in 'over and over' at MOGANA in Kyoto

November 09, 2022

Nanami Inoue to participate in “over and over” at MOGANA, the most luxurious hotel in Kyoto.

The exhibition will feature Kengo Kito, a contemporary artist who has received acclaim in both Japan and abroad for his works that attune our sensitivity to color through the use of everyday objects such as hula hoops and scarves. In addition to Kito, three upcoming artists will be participating. Nanami Inoue’s works are made of lines that she draws over and over again, leaving behind traces of her touch in occasional crooked imperfections and pools of paint. Koga Miura creates images based on random numbers, eliminating the hesitation that arises during the creative process and instead expressing onto the artwork surface the lack of intention, and thus pureness, of his actions. Ayami Nagata reframes everyday life by relentlessly enacting the simple and systematic act of dyeing and weaving in overlapping layers on top of mundane daily-use items such as blue tarps and non-woven fabrics. The exhibition title “over and over” refers to the decentralized and all-encompassing nature of the four artists’ practices, and helps us visualize the laborious repetition that ties their works together.

Our productive activities, such as our daily labor and work, are shareable; everyone performs and repeats such actions on a daily basis. These four artists take our daily lives and reduce them to their barest minimum until only the faintest image and traces of movements remain, and by reflecting this in their artworks, they attempt to show us something that has been highly purified.[1]  In particular, Miura, Inoue, and Nagata’s methods of production share the characteristic of being continuously repeatable and having no point of convergence. Their works, which are created in a state of silence, deny completion. They also accentuate the aspect of labor in their processes, using rules and random numbers to render decision-making a semi-automatic process, emphasizing the unconscious instead. This can be interpreted as a passive approach to production, but it also requires a tremendously deep understanding of time, as well as the patience to undertake a sudden huge flood of work. 

Our world, which we thought we could build into a prosperous and free society through science and rationalism, is still caught in a maelstrom of conflicts and epidemics of which we can see no clear future. In a world with no answers that is heading towards an unknown destination, we hope that this exhibition will give you a glimpse into the traces of those who continue to think and act. 

■Exhibition Details
「over and over」
Exhibition Period: November 14 (Sat) – 20 (Sun), 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Cooperation: MtK Contemporary Art

■Venue
MOGANA
〒604-8276 450 Tsuboyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8276
Access: 4 minute walk from Kyoto Subway Nijojo-mae Station, 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by car