Kenichi Nakajima

Significant Matters

Significant Matters introduces the achievements of artists whose work makes us reevaluate mundane objects and things discovered in daily life, including common industrial products, scenery that could be overlooked, and the capability of body parts that are taken for granted. This exhibition features the work of four artists: Nobutaka Aozaki, Miwa Koizumi, Kenichi Nakajima, and Andrew Zarou.

Nobutaka Aozaki plays with everyday interactions to explore the relationships between art and the everyday, between artistic and non-artistic labor, and between artists and their audiences. He often collects or produces traces of interactions with other people as mementos of collaborations and creates collective mixed-media installations from them.

Miwa Koizumi uses materials to express her ideas on the full gamut of contemporary artistic practice, using natural phenomena to reveal simple facts about our everyday existence. She brings one’s attention to those simple wonders that are easy to forget in everyday life.

Kenichi Nakajima regularly uses humans’ legs and feet as motifs for his work. As is commonly recognized, the function of legs and feet is for walking. However, according to Nakajima, legs and feet connect with mind on a more equal level than do hands and arms, which are more controlled by commands from the brain. He thus considers legs and feet to have emerged by themselves out of human existence.

Andrew Zarou is represented by examples of two ongoing series of work. One is about his awareness of the outside world, the other is about his need for material and conceptual order in the studio. Although the contexts and motivations for each series are unique, the connections are clear and self-evident.

Organized by Gen Hayashi, Significant Matters will be on view at Project 722, 722 Metropolitan Avenue, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211, from May 4th to 26th, 2013.