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Composition – New drawings in charcoal by Naga Tsutsumi

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Naga Tsutsumi
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

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This month Zimmerman Art Gallery is delighted to feature an exhibition of new drawings in charcoal by Naga Tsutsumi. 

Born in Japan in 1967, Tsutsumi has lived in Palmerston North for the past decade. Working from a small studio beside his home, Tsutsumi’s meticulously rendered charcoal works meld influences from his Japanese ancestry with imagery from Western culture and history.

Below is the artist’s statement on this exhibition, Composition:

“Since my last exhibition, The Orientalist, I have been conscious of the formal quality of drawing as a complete art form. 

I have watched several documentaries about cave art, contemplating drawings made centuries ago. Cave art caused me to pay attention to how media from the natural environment was used to create images, and also to the subject choices made by the early cave artists. Subjects in cave art often appear to have been picked up simply because they captured the artist’s curiosity, rather than for the ritualistic reasons often asserted by historians.

I studied books about academic drawing, reviewing the drawing techniques of European art academies.  This made me think about the history of drawing as a sketch or study for a painting, rather than as a fully realised art form in itself.

I don't do cave painting or academic drawing, but am conscious of both while I draw.

The drawings in this new exhibition are not so much a series as a group of drawings, each of which has a different importance for me.  Some works have evolved from The Orientalist series, while others are more experimental works, drawn with locally made charcoal (I used rimu, totara and willow charcoal, prepared by a Palmerston North Girls' High teacher, Jon Clarke). 

Unlike painting, working with a dry media such as charcoal on paper makes it difficult to rework markings already made. Accidental marks, purposeful marks, spontaneous marks ... they are all there to intimate and weave my consciousness and subconscious. I think of all these markings as part of the process or history of the work, which makes me keep going.”


Her Story, Naga Tsutsumi (2014), charcoal on paper
22 People, Naga Tsutsumi (2014), charcoal on paper
Sprayers, Naga Tsutsumi (2014), charcoal on paper

22people sprayers

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