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A member of the Yamanami workshop (Shiga, Japan) since 2015, Momoko Nakagawa has been doing, in a broad and regular gesture, a serial and calibrated work on writing, moving from the undulating of colored frequencies to stamping numbers in coffee halos. Evoking lyrical abstraction, the young artist’s work “combines gestural spontaneity, calligraphic elegance, serialized repetition, and formal inventiveness,” as Raphael Koenig writes in the dossier devoted to her by Artpress (2020). Her work was exhibited for the first time in 2019 at Harvard University, and then, that same year, at the gallery as part of the choral exhibition japon brut: la lune, le soleil, yamanami.

Momoko Nakagawa - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1996 —
Country Japan

Born on 1996, Momoko Nakagawa lives in Shiga Prefecture in Japan and has been participating in Atelier Yamanami since 2015.

Momoko repeatedly spells her own name, “Momoko,” with a long stroke fully extending her arm. Lines overlapping in multitude intertwine and develop into an image like abstract art, going beyond the original shape of each character. While in her everyday life, stereotyped and repeated behaviors are often observed, which are prone to be seen negatively as problematic behaviors, they turn out to be positive in her creation.

Momoko is not concerned about the instruments, using such general writing materials as markers and pens. Through the activity of simply keeping to draw in overlay, she seems to enjoy every bit of changing shapes of characters in front of her, sense and sound of pens touching the paper, and kinesthetic sensation spreading from the tip of her fingers to her arm and to her entire body.

In 2019, Momoko Nakagwa received the price “Art absolument”.

Artworks
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momoko - © christian berst — art brut
momoko, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
momoko - © christian berst — art brut
momoko, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
momoko - © christian berst — art brut
momoko, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
momoko - © christian berst — art brut
momoko, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
circle - © christian berst — art brut
circle, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
circle - © christian berst — art brut
circle, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
circle - © christian berst — art brut
circle, 2017
29.92 x 21.26 in
Exhibitions
drawing now 2020
to be postponed. From March 25 to 29, 2020.
in abstracto #2
at the gallery. From March 5 to June 6, 2020.
galeristes art fair
at Le Carreau du Temple. From October 18 to 20, 2019.
japan brut
the moon, the sun, yamanami, at the gallery. From August 31 to October 5, 2019.
exhibition view of *in abstracto #2*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *japan brut : the moon, the sun, yamanami*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
exhibtion view of *japon brut : the moon, the sun, yamanami*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Press review
paris capitale du dessin, une alchimie à réinventer
Alison Moss, Raphael Pic, Le Quotidien De L’art. March 30, 2020.
momoko nakagawa, writing materials
Raphaël Koenig, Artpress. March 23, 2020.
drawing now brave la tempête
Alexia Lanta Maestrati, Le Journal Des Arts . March 13, 2020.
bon plan : 12 expos gratuites à voir de toute urgence à paris
La Rédaction, Télérama Sortir. September 24, 2019.
Collections
Hannah Rieger collection
Austria
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Amr Shaker collection
Switzerland
Momoko Nakagawa

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