Kazu Nakagawa’s practice is informed by his fundamental philosophical positions. His materiality, or seeming immateriality, is determined by the conceptual underpinning of each work. He will employ any media as required as well as evanescent materials, shade, and sound. Shying away from descriptions of his work as minimalist, Nakagawa comments that ‘I fall into another half of my brain which always makes things blur, so boundaries have less meaning. Architecture becomes a piece of paper or a piece of paper becomes architecture. Several months of carving becomes a ‘blink’ of brush stroke. A moment becomes endless. It is a process of simplifying what I see, and in this way is utterly incommunicable unless by art’.
Kazu Nakagawa’s work is in the collection of the Dowse Art Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery, private collections internationally, and the New Zealand Embassy in Japan. His collaboration for the Waiheke Library Art Integration project was awarded the Overall Supreme Award + Commercial Architectural Excellence Award, 2015.
COLLABORATORS ON THE PROJECT:
Helen Bowater: composer. Graduated BMus (Hons) in music history and ethnomusicology from Victoria University, Wellington. Later studied composition with Jack Body and electroacoustic music with Ross Harris. Her works have been performed widely around the world.
Ku Nakagawa: filmmaker. Studied Pure Mathematics at the University of Auckland before pursuing film-making abroad, where he won international awards early in his career.
Project website: http://carvingwaterpaintingvoice.com
Please help support this project by donating to Kazu’s Boosted campaign: www.boosted.org.nz/projects/carving-water-painting-voice