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Composition Tokyo

This is Nakamura’s perennial series. The horizon and vertical lines of abstract arts have some resemblance of Piet Mondrian’s art. He makes his artwork from floor plans of studio apartments in Tokyo. These works seem to be modern, however, using Washi (Japanese paper) and pigments, he blends the traditional style of materials creating unique floor plan artworks that give viewers the imagination of people’s real life. They are exceeding the limit of the abstract arts and giving viewers a glimpse of reality in modern society, which he lives in.

Inspired by a book written by art critic Noi Sawaragi’s “Simulationism House Music and To-yo Art” (Yosensha , 1991), Nakamura adapted the technique of sampling and remix in a strategic way. His work is homage to previous artists and his dedication is profound. At the time, another artist that Nakamura drew innovation from is Peter Halley, who is known for the art trend during the ‘80’s called Neo-Geo, short for Neo-Geometric Conceptualism.
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Composition Tokyo

"Composition Tokyo"
2015 installation view at the Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum

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2015年 掛川市二の丸美術館でのインスタレーション 
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Kengo NAKAMURA art works

Kengo NAKAMURA art works

"Composition Tokyo"
2006 installation view at the Yokohama Museum
photo: Moriyoshi SUGAYA

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2006年 横浜美術館でのインスタレーション 
撮影:菅谷守良
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Kengo NAKAMURA art works

"Composition Tokyo"
2008 installation view at the Yokohama Museum

《コンポジション・トウキョウ》
2008年 横浜美術館のコレクション展でのインスタレーション 
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コンポジション・トウキョウ さらに小さく

"Composition Tokyo (even smaller)"
2010 installation view at MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY

《コンポジション・トウキョウ(さらに小さく)》
2010年 メグミオギタギャラリーでのインスタレーション 
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Kengo NAKAMURA art works

Kengo NAKAMURA art works

"Composition Tokyo"
2003 installation view at CAI International, Hamburg

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2003年 CAI International(ハンブルグ)でのインスタレーション
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Kengo NAKAMURA art works

"Composition Tokyo"
2002 installation view at graf, Osaka

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2002年 graf(大阪)でのインスタレーション
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