Kazu Nakagawa

Japan / Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1957

not for the time

  • 1994
  • Wood and mixed media
  • Purchased, 2002
  • 1630 x 3230 x 524mm
  • 2002/248.a-g

Kazu Nakagawa’s sculptures express the Japanese concept of ‘ma’ – the space between objects, or the room around things. Here, an elegant arrangement with a place set mysteriously for one calls our attention to what – or, perhaps more importantly, who – might be missing. The unexpected scale – too insubstantial for usual use, yet also not toy-like – and the care and precision with which the artist has made these objects, adds an atmosphere of expectation to an otherwise ordinary domestic scene.

(Absence, May 2023)

Exhibition History