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Kenjiro Nagata
長田堅二郎

1979
Born in Oita, Japan
2003
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Sculpture Course, B.A.
2005
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Sculpture Course, M.A

Awards

2015
Oita Press Award 2014, Oita
2014
Grand Prize, 12th Oita Asian Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Oita
2014
Committee Award (Shinji Ohmaki), Tokyo Wonder Wall 2014, Tokyo
2012
Bungo-Ono Award, 11th Oita Asian Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Oita
2006
Encouragement Prize, 8th Oita Asian Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Oita

Solo Exhibitions

2015
TWS-Emerging 2015 "-IN BETWEEN-", TWS, Tokyo
2014
"Kenjiro Nagata Solo Show", Iichiko Culture Center Kenmin Gallery, Oita
2013
"Kenjiro Nagata Solo Show ", Galerie Omotesando + MUSEE F, Tokyo
2006
" Pulsate ", MUSEE F, Tokyo
2003
"Reason for Existing", Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo
2002
" Air ", Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
"Where Threads Lead", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2014
"Bird’s eye view", Sen Art Gallery, Tokyo
2014
The 12th Oita Asian Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Asakura Fumio Memorial Hall, Oita
2014
Tokyo Wonder Wall 2014, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2011
"Three Artists", Sen Art Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"It is going to melt gently", Sen Art Gallery, Tokyo
2008
"TUA Metal Sculptor Section Project. Vol.V", Tennouzu Central Tower Art Hall, Tokyo
2007
Tokyo Wonder Wall 2007, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2006
"TRACE [X]", Gallerie SOL, Tokyo
2006
"Re", Galleria Punt, Tokyo
2004
"Sculpture In The Space", Tepco Asakusa, Tokyo
Introduction

Usually the sculptural object presents itself by means of its surface. Nevertheless, while looking on the installation works of Kenjiro Nagata one’s sight might fall in the distance between two threads and losing the orientation grasp instead the string which pierces our sight from the backside of the work. Or in reverse one might “lose” the work or its part for a moment since its white threads merge with the wall behind it. Playing with particular relationship between surface and structure and confusing outside and inside, Nagata reminds us that to look and to see is not always equal experiences. His “Derivation” works possess no silhouette line, no distinctive borders. Like a body with nothing but veins, like a soil with no more than river trails, like plants with nothing but roots. “Vaguely, but still exists somehow…” -this is the way Nagata through his sculptures wants us to feel The Being one more time and in another way.

Portfolio & Catalog
E-Portfolio

Catalog Download
Serected Works
Between
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1501
Between (detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1501
Between (detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1501
Between (detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1501
Four Layers
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1502
Four Layers(detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1502
Four Layers(detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1502
Four Layers(detail)
2015
cotton threads
variable size
available
KN_1502
Derivation - core - 1
2015
stainless steel on wooden panel
70x70
available
KN_1503
Derivation - core - 1(detail)
2015
stainless steel on wooden panel
70x70
available
KN_1503
Derivation - core – 2
2015
brass on wooden panel
70x70
available
KN_1504
Derivation - core – 2(detail)
2015
brass on wooden panel
70x70
available
KN_1504