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Irritated Figures by Haruki Ogawa Irritated Figures by Haruki Ogawa Irritated Figures by Haruki Ogawa

Explosive Dynamics is one of the main features of Haruki Ogawa’s artwork. He depicts “irritated figures”. Images he creates act as a protozoa body, which is purred with strong acid chemicals: an immediate reaction, squeals, multi-directed movements. Ogawa’s work comes across as an eruption of colors, lines, painting material and, eventually, emotion. He often uses the metaphor of chemical reaction to describe his work: as if the mixing of particular substances, colors or ideas lead to an intense and unstoppable discharge of foam, gas, light, heat and unknown visual essences.

Ogawa’s images are “irritated images”, not only in its figurative qualities but in its critical dimensions as well. The wild twist of the silhouette line in his figures might be understood as an irritation at the persistently clear outline of anime character-like figures so popular in Contemporary Japanese Art. T the same time, the uncatchable movement of Ogawa’s images might be perceived as an irritation at the product-like easy graspable figures in Japanese Pop Culture. Thus, the etiology of Ogawa’s figures hysteria has definite conceptional roots. It is a critical manifestation, but not just a circus of colorful spots.

小川晴輝

1985
Born in Kanagawa prefecture
2008
Entered Tokyo Zokei University

Solo Exhibition

2009
"Irritated Figures", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2012
The 11th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2012
"The 23rd Five Universities Exhibition", New National Museum of Art, Tokyo
2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"frantic drawings", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
Frantic Collection, art project frantic, Tokyo
2009
My Favorite Things, art project frantic&unseal cotemporary joint exhibition, Tokyo
2008
Today’s Lunch, ARC gallery
2008
Five Art Universities Exhibit, Musashino Art University

Art Fairs

2008
Art&Home Collection Exhibition, Yokohama
2009
Young Art Taipei, Taipei