Ryuta Nakajima & Aya Kawaguchi
February 19—April 19, 2015
DAI George Morrison Gallery
Reception: February 19, 5 - 7 PM
Japanese-American artists Ryuta Nakajima and Aya Kawaguchi have been collaborating together for more than a decade and currently call Duluth home. While both curious about the human sensory experience, they approach their artwork using divergent methods.
Nakajima, an associate professor of painting and drawing at UMD, finds source material in squid, octopus and cuttlefish, exploring the way they create color and patterns. He finds similarity in the way humans and cephalopods take external information and react by producing new shapes and colors.
Kawaguchi explores the differences between experiencing something and interpreting it. When she sees something she finds beautiful, she often finds she has a memory or other experience that connects her back – interlacing the two. She adds or subtracts information from her photographs to transform the originals into something more personally meaningful.