“Beautiful” is an instinct.
When I think of this, I encounter “Nagi -Lull-” and see the texture=”Qualia” in the mental landscape, and acquire the “fluctuation” in it as an inherent beauty.
“Nagi-Lull-” It is a visual fragment (fragment of continuity) of “fluctuation”, and is an attribute as “fluctuation” that transcends time and stands in the space.
“cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am)” And just think.
When we think of something, we are simultaneously experiencing some kind of “fluctuation” as a texture=Qualia. Every time we do, we see the affirmation (recognition) of our existence, and feel a sense of “peace” (that we can exist). My attempt is to express one of the answers to the comfort of “fluctuation” through the method of photography. And it is a “re-experiencing” of aesthetic consciousness, which should be experienced as the texture “Qualia” with a sense of nostalgia and some kind of elation.
When the “fluctuation” touched by instinct is propagated as sympathy and exists as the sign of art, what is created as art works is explained by the theory of “Marginal art,” this is a concept in the vein of pragmatism and was spun in post-war Japan. The “treatment” for taste and beauty is a primitive human desire, and it would be the complex which has been belonging to the only individual instinctive experience, and which had given birth to unconscious art. When a photographic moment that captures the “fluctuation ≒ Nagi-Lull-” as its texture is established, it can become a work of art as a photographic expression.
If the origin of artistic expression is “instinctive ≒ primitive” as a derivative element before sublimating to Marginal art, the concept that is the root element of Marginal art and exists while floating and swaying on its “edge” is gazing at another new horizon. It is “Marginal Photographic Art,” as a concept that wavers very slightly, like Zero≒0 on the borderline of Marginal art – “Zero-horizon formula” – it is set at the core of my taste.
I have given all of my works the nature of monochrome.
By sealing the color, I led reality into abstraction and sought freedom of “thought”.
In that way, the infinite gradation of light and shadow shifts into a paradigm that reminds us of eternity.
Thinking about the fragments of reality that we can feel in the midst of human activity,
I would like to describe the photographs as “beautiful”.
Naoki Kimura has been a photographic artist who moved to the States in 1987 and worked there from 1990 and is currently based in Tokyo since 2017. He creates limited edition original prints only by using basic monochromatic approach. Kimura has taken hundreds of photographs that originate in European atmosphere. His basic concept is the Lull fluctuation, as he calls it,“Nagi”. With a theme that Zen-like undertones, “Nagi”, Kimura expresses Qualia which reflects fluctuation and texture within the interplay of time and space in a particular place. Kimura’s productions over the last few years have moved in a more honed direction to acquire dense and solemnity, and they have been succeeded to the creation based upon his Japanese series. Kimura’s noble style of works gather broad attentions among both European and American collectors.
1993 "3 days in China Town / Naoki Kimura」Exposure" at Shibuya PARCO, Traveling Exhibition at PARCO Stores in Tokyo 2005 "ML Collaboration Project: Photographs as Interior” at Cassina IXC., Tokyo 2009 "NAGI- Beginning, Fleeting Moment - Naoki Kimura" at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2010 "Silent Monochrome" at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2011 "PORTRAIT" at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2012 ”Director’s Choice Vol.2” at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2013 ”Director’s Choice Vol.3 B&W” at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2014 "『Nagi』Photo Book Publication Commemorative Exhibition" at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2015 "through the window - Fallen and Piled Up Lights " at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2018 "nagi - anecdote - Naoki Kimura" at Soei Gallery, Tokyo 2019 "Architecture and Light " Group Exhibition by 6 Photographers Involved with Architecture at Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo