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"Total Eclipse 2005: Paintings and Installation by Naoki Iwakawa"
2005-11-19 until 2005-12-18
USA United States
CAVE is pleased to host Total Eclipse 2005, a painting installation by NAOKI IWAKAWA “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 with the belief that man was not created with a separation between him and his Gods," states Naoki.
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
Mr. Iwakawa was born in Osaka, Japan. He moved to the States in 1991. In 1996, he became an artist-in-residence at CAVE. Together with Artist Curator Shige Moriya, Mr. Iwakawa helped to established CAVE. He currently lives in New York and still have his studio at CAVE. His work has been shown at OK Harris gallery, Art Gotham, 450 Broadway Gallery and Cast Iron gallery, in NYC.
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