Loading Map....

Date(s) - 05/10/2017 - 08/11/2017
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sway Gallery


The Beauty of Inefficiency – Kana Art – by Kaoru Akagawa
5th OCT – 8th NOV 2017
Private view: Thursday 5th October, 18:00 – 20:00

SWAY GALLERY is proud to present a solo exhibition of Japanese artist, Kaoru Akagawa.

“Beauty is for most of the time inefficient”, says Kaoru Akagawa.
In her artworks, Akagawa uses Kana, phonetic scripts unique to Japan which were developed and disseminated by women of nobility in the Middle Ages. Women in Medieval Japan put much thought and effort into practicing and creating their own way of rich and flowing writing, in order to win men’s hearts, since love letters were their main vehicle of communication. They were as inefficient as women today when it comes to beauty.

Her desire as an artist is always to cross the borders of many different things: countries, religions, languages, cultures, and more. Akagawa has developed her own style of contemporary art by merging her globe-trotting experience since her childhood and her knowledge and skill as a master of Japanese calligraphy, Kana Shodo. Her unique background enables her to build a bridge beyond time and space.

Everybody welcome!

Monday-Friday 11am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment only