We're pround to present this special online feature to highligt Manika Nagare's new body of work "In Between" - the gallery exhibition of these works runs from December 10, 2020 to Feburary 20, 2021.
In-BetweenThe New Series In Search of The Light
In her country, Japan, Manika Nagare is recognized as one of the distinguished artists who explore colors, particularly indigenous colors associated with nature and culture. In her new abstract paintings, Nagare focuses on "light," an essential element to appreciate colors.
Her new body of work in this upcoming exhibition was influenced by recent personal events, as her work has always been her visual response to real phenomena in everyday life. Two years ago, Nagare's father, an important sculptor, died at the age of 95. He was a Kamikaze corps survivor and Nagare always felt she wouldn't be here if he had completed his mission. When the end of his life was near, she remembers seeing an intense light emitted by him and feeling how exquisitely the plants around him were spreading their leaves.
Currently On View
at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, 24 East 64th Street, New York City
Video PresentationManika Nagare, Tokyo, 2020
In this video, Nagare discusses her inspiration and methodology while creating her works this spring during Tokyo's "pause" period. The video shows some of these paintings recently exhibited at a group show, RE CONSTRUCTION at the Nerima Art Museum.
Available Work in "In Between" SeriesPlease inquire availability
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Public Art Projects
Nagare's projects include a number of public art exhibits in collaboration with curators, designers, architects, and community boards. Here are some of them from 2014 to the present.
Shiseido Parlour Salon de Cafe Ginza, Courtesy of Shiseido Parlour, 2019
Museum Tower Kyobashi, Courtesy of Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, 2019 (Photo:Ken Kato)
Lawry's The Prime Rib Akasaka, 2017 (Photo: Nacasa & Partners Inc.)
Minato Public Library, 2014 (Photo by Takuya Suzuki)
Urabandai Kogen Hotel, 2014
The Art of Dance
In addition, Nagare has been collaborating with dance performers, providing her paintings as scenic elements and costumes. During her solo museum exhibition, she invited dancers to interract with her work.Too Close to Home Dance Performance at Takamatsu City Museum, 2016Dancer: Minako Suzuki, Makoto Enda,Choreography: Makoto EndaVisual Concept and Costume Design: Manika NagarePhoto: Keizo KiokuCourtesy of Takamatsu City Museum
Manika NagareAbout the Artist
Manika Nagare was born in Osaka in 1975 and raised in Kagawa, Japan. She studied painting at the Joshibi University of Art and Design. She has been exhibiting her work in Japan, the United States, Turkey, and France among other international venues. Her work is represented by numerous international public and private collections such as the Takamatsu City Museum, Takamatsu, Japan, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, and the Kocaeri University Museum, Turkey.