NAOKI IWAKAWA

ARTIST STATEMENT

IN THE PAST MAN HAD A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS GODS.  IN CHRISTIANITY, MAN HAD JESUS; IN ISLAM, MAN HAD ALLAH VIA MOHAMMED:  IN JUDAISM, MAN HAD YAHWEH. 

BUDDHISM DIFFERED SOMEWHAT IN THAT MAN WAS NOT CREATED A SEPARATION BETWEEN MAN AND HIS GODS. 

I DO NOT VIEW THIS AS A LOSS; RATHER I THINK IT PROVIDES US WITH A CHANCE TO REEVALUATE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH THE SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL WORLDS.

IN MY ART, I ATTEMPT TO EXPRESS A MORE PRIMAL STATE IN WHICH WE ONCE LIVED AND IN WHICH WE WILL LIVE AGAIN. 

I BELIEVE MAN HAS AN INHERENT UNDERSTANDING OF BEAUTY AND TRUTH. 

I ATTEMPT TO SHOW THESE IN MY ART; HOWEVER, WHEN I PAINT ON A CANVAS I SEE THAT I HAVE FALLEN SHORT. 

ACTION PAINTING IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO TRULY BE IN THE MOMENT.  THE SAME STATE I SEEK IS THE SAME STATE, WHICH ZEN BUDDHISTS SEEK, AN UNMEDIATED AWARENESS OF EXISTENCE.  ALTHOUGH ZEN AND ACTION PAINTING MAY SEEM VERY DIFFERENT, THEY HAVE THE SAME GOAL.  IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A WORK, PAINT DRIPS AND SPILLS, I MOVE AND TIRE, THE CANVAS SOMETIMES TEARS AND BRUSHES OFTEN BREAK.  I FEEL THAT THE UNTIDINESS OF THIS TRULY REFLECTS LIFE.

NAOKI IWAKAWA

TRANSLATED BY JULIAN MILLER

SEPTEMBER ,  2002


CURRICULUM VITAE


EDUCATION

1987-1991 OSAKA UNIVERSITY OF ART, Major: Fine Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005 

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAVE GALLERY       NEW YORK, NY

2004

SLOW MOVEMENT 

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

TRUTH AND BEAUTY 

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

2003

PAINTING IN THE MOMENT

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

2002

PHENOMENON

 

GRISTMILL       BROOKLYN, NY

2001

TRUTH

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

2000

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CYNTHIA BROAN GALLERY  NY, NY

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAST IRON       NEW YORK, NY

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAVE GALLERY       NEW YORK, NY

1999

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

OK HARRIS        NEW YORK, NY

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

1998

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

SPARK GALLERY       NEW YORK, NY

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAVE GALLERY       BROOKLYN, NY

1997

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

WAH CENTER       NEW YORK, NY

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAVE GALLERY      BROOKLYN, NY

1996

GRADATION AND FADE

 

WAH CENTER       BROOKLYN, NY

1994

TOTAL ECLIPSE

 

CAST IRON GALLERY  NY, NY