The Beauty of Inefficiency - Kana Art

5 Oct 2017 – 8 Nov 2017

Event times

Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00
Saturday & Sunday appointment only

Cost of entry


England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Old Street
  • Old Street

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As Charles Chaplin has depicted in his film, anything inefficient was banned in 'Modern Times'.
Such was the fate of Kana, phonetic scripts unique to Japan, which were abandoned and forgotten despite their legacy of a thousand years. Kana, representative of a leisurely and creative pursuit, are no longer used in day-to-day life in contemporary Japan due to their complexity and the difficulty of passing down and acquiring the necessary skills.
By using Kana in her contemporary work, Akagawa attempts to build a bridge beyond time and space.
Her works are time consuming, but she is proud to be 'inefficient'. 

Private View: Thursday 5th October, 18:00-20:00

Exhibiting artists

Kaoru Akagawa


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