■ Exhibition title: Yuki Nagasawa "Qualia"
■ Artist: Yuki Nagasawa
■ Period: 25th May 2019 (Sat)- 22nd June 2019 (Sat)
■ Hours：12:00～19:00, closed Sundays
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0047
T/F +81(0)6 6364 0775 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Reception： 25th May (Sat) 18:00-
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-004
T/F +81(0)6 6364 0775 E-mail email@example.com
□ Exhibition Outline
YOD Gallery is delighted to present “Qualia”, our first solo exhibition of Yuki Nagasawa (b.1989).
Yuki Nagasawa focuses on the essence of materials, to unearth new ways of presenting things, and further, new ways to see the world. “As a child, I often felt sadness and loneliness that I can not fully explain. I would play with discarded newspaper in my home, bundling it into balls, and this repetitive action brought me comfort.” These lingering childhood memories have become the root of her work. For a child anything and everything is interesting, because they see it for the first time, and every day is filled with discoveries. Nagasawa aims to look at objects that surround her as if seeing them for the first time, and then manipulate them in unexpected ways to create her art.
During her time at university, Nagasawa recalled her childhood play with newspaper, and started to incorporate it in her art to communicate the properties of the material to others. Though she finds newspaper fascinating as a physical medium, she soon realized that viewers of her works could not shed their preconceived notions of the meaning of “newspaper” as a vehicle for information and societal structure. She laments that, although she was more concerned with highlighting the material and exploring her own inner world, “[her] work was interpreted in the context of journalism, and people assumed [she] wanted to highlight catastrophes and injustices.”
Through the reactions of others to her work, Nagasawa has come to realize that we unconditionally attach meanings and purpose for the objects around us. Her desire to shine the spotlight on the physical substance of these mundane objects gave rise to the “paradigm” series. She releases materials from their premeditated existence, breaking the paradigm to create artworks that suggest new ways of seeing the world. For this exhibition, Nagasawa has chosen pillow beads as her medium. The small styrene balls are normally hidden inside cushions, outside of our sight, and indeed, mind. By bringing to light things that are hidden, surprising avenues of expression emerge.
Through the process of creating and feedback of others, Nagasawa has also made the astute observation that we all sense the world in slightly different ways. In aesthetics and philosophy, the inner senses and perceptions, which arise in the mind of an individual, are referred to as ‘qualia’. For example, when asked to imagine ‘the redness of an apple’, each person will conjure in their mind a red apple, but this apple is bound to be slightly different from person to person. For Nagasawa, the fact that, ultimately, information can not be accurately shared between the minds of one another is fascinating, and yet she muses that there is also some sadness in this reality.
The “qualia” artwork series is a result of Nagasawa’s deep investigation of materials. She distances herself entirely from ‘function’, and uses her chosen medium to create installations that encompass a space, transforming the mundane material into extraordinary sceneries. For this exhibition, pillow beads threaded together, in addition to the shadows that the work casts, create a mysterious world within the gallery space. Through an installation without concrete motifs, Nagasawa hopes to conjure a place for open communication between observers, as well as between the observer and themselves. Please join us to see this exhibition in person.
□ Yuki Nagasawa Profile
Born in 1989
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kyoto Saga University of Arts
2014 Master of Fine Arts, Kyoto University of Art & Design Graduate School
2011 SAGA DASH!2010 （MATSUO MEGUMI+VOICE GALLERY pfs/w Kyoto）
2012 Kyoto Saga University of Arts Graduation Exhibition （Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art）
dance （ARTZONE Kyoto）
2013 Hiroshima Oh （Former Bank of Japan Building, Hiroshima）
U know they mean （Steps Gallery Tokyo）
ULTRA AWARD 2013 Exhibition （ARTZONE Kyoto）
2014 On the Steps 2014 （Steps Gallery Tokyo）
Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition (Kyoto University of Art and Design)
2015 ULTRA×ANTEROOM exhibition 2015 （Hotel Anteroom Kyoto）
STUDIO EXHIVISIT2015 （shima Kyoto）
TOKYO WONDER WALL 2015 （The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo）
2016 11th Daikokuya Art Competition （Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya Tochigi）
2018 4th Geibunkyo Exhibition （Kyoto Art Center）
Art Fair in Asia Fukuoka AWARDS 2018 （Hotel Okura Fukuoka）
Art Fair Philippines 2019, YOD Gallery (The Link Ayala Center Makati)
2015 TOKYO WONDER WALL 2015 Judge Award
2018 Art Fair in Asia Fukuoka AWARDS 2018 New Artist YOD Gallery Award （Hotel Okura Fukuoka）