This is the first in a series of exhibitions that have come about through conversations with John Hutchinson with the consequence of his lending a Japanese object of interest from his collection to be exhibited to create a visual dialogue with work of nag artists. These projects are prompted by his work in curating the Gallery 2 space of the Douglas Hyde Gallery which has been an influence on the nag Gallery philosophy.

Tatoushi are traditionally made from rice paper and are used for wrapping a kimono. The kimono will fit in the tatoushi either by being folded in half lengthways or in thirds. They are wrapped to protect the article from humidity and help keep the kimono flat and separate from other items making them easier to stack for storage. These particular tatoushi date from the nineteenth century and were used to wrap items in a pawn shop.

The drawings of Ian Charlesworth are made by suspending the birch plywood or perspex above his head and trailing the smoke from a lighter along the surface repeatedly drawing lines or political symbols. It is a concentrated process where meaning in the symbols become abstracted to an aesthetic final image. The drawings of Kohei Nakata are without any symbolic meaning although do have an art historical reference in modern and contemporary practice. The large scale works on paper in graphite and in pearl acrylic are again a highly concentrated process of repetition of line.

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