仲 衿香 Solo Exhibition
「What are we ______ for?｣
6.10 (Sat.) – 6.24 (Sat.) 2023
12:00 – 19:00 (closed on Mon.）
この度、SH GALLERYでは 仲 衿香の個展 ｢What are we ______ for?｣ を開催致します。
今回の展示「What are we ______ for?｣は、仲 衿香と”ブラック・ジャック”
今回の展示タイトル｢What are we ______ for?｣の由来は、マンガ｢ブラック・ジャック｣の「ちぢむ!
｢What are we ______ for?
– 仲 衿香 –
SH GALLERY is pleased to present “What are we ______ for?”, a solo exhibition by Erika Naka.
The exhibition “What are we ______ for?” is a collaboration between Erika Naka and “Black Jack”.
There are some manholes in Higashi Kurume City, Tokyo, where the manga artist Osamu Tezuka spent the last years of his life, with designs of the “Black Jack” characters, and this exhibition focuses on the manholes, which are expressed with Naka Erika’s unique touch.
Original 2.5D prints, with contributions by Naka Erika, will also be available for sale, and we look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition.
One of Osamu Tezuka’s many famous works, the manga Black Jack, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. In this solo exhibition, I will be showing works inspired by this book. This is a work that I have loved since I was a little girl so I am very happy to be able to be part of it this time.”
The exhibition title “What are we ______ for?” comes from the manga “Black Jack”, which pays homage to the line “What are we doctors for?” in the story “chijimu! from the manga “Black Jack”, which is a tribute to the line “What are we doctors for?”.
This line questions the meaning of a doctor’s existence, but I felt that it is a phrase that is received differently depending on the changing times, such as recession, war, earthquake, and the development of AI, as well as the situation in which I find myself.
‘What are we ______ for?’
The exhibition is an attempt to once again consider the meaning of existence of one’s own livelihood.
– Erika Naka –
仲 衿香 Erika NAKA
” – 仲 衿香 –
” I am cutting out the logo in front of me right now like a diary and putting it into a painting.
New styles, buildings, technologies, and ways of expression are born every day, but on the other hand, there are things that are declining or being lost.
The things that are right in front of us will not be right in front of us one day.
Sometimes we may notice the value of those things after we lose them, and other times they may be completely forgotten.
I wonder how my work will look differently in a few tens or hundreds of years. “
– Erika Naka –
Naka uses fragmented logos, natural landscapes, and familiar objects from daily life as visual elements in her paintings, and reconstructs shapes that make abstract meanings visible.
When I paint with a thick layer of paint on a support, there is a moment when the paint moves beyond my expectations, and a “gap” is created between myself and the support.
She believes that the attraction comes from the fact that things don’t turn out the way she expects.
As a young artist, she has continued to explore the possibilities of painting, breaking through traditional painting forms to directly express “instantaneity” and “coincidence”.
The thickness of the paint, the layered gradation, and the soft, creamy texture of her subject-less paintings not only have a strong impact on the viewer, but also inspire infinite curiosity and imagination.
ブラック・ジャック Black Jack
引用 : 1) TEZUKA OSAMU OFFICIAL https://tezukaosamu.net/jp/character/647.html
This manga by Osamu Tezuka, a manga artist with a medical licence, depicts his dream of becoming such a doctor.
Despite being an unlicensed doctor, Black Jack has genius surgical skills and performs operations that are said to be impossible,
He demands huge rewards from patients he saves.
However, he constantly questions what a doctor is, the sanctity of life and what is more important than money, and confronts society itself.
In a sense, he is the alter ego of Osamu Tezuka, the hard-boiled surgeon and doctor himself, who is the main character in the Black Jack series.The questions he kept asking, “What is life?” or “Where is happiness as a human being?” were the themes of Tezuka’s manga.
However, as Osamu Tezuka himself says, “When I first started drawing him, I didn’t even think of the reason why he had a different coloured face, or why he was dressed in an old-fashioned bow tie and cape, or why he was living in such a shabby house for so much money” (The Complete Works of Manga, Vol. 18, Afterword)), As Osamu Tezuka himself said, “It is a sad thing that he is not as blessed in his own background as he is in his roles.Nevertheless, he has grown up to be as popular a character as Atom, so one could say that he has had a very happy character life.
References : 1) TEZUKA OSAMU OFFICIAL https://tezukaosamu.net/jp/character/647.html