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Nagi Noda Exhibition: Hanpanda Contemporary Art

Friday, April 7, 2006 Posted: 01:16 AM JST

ddd Gallery in Osaka holds an exhibition of the works of Nagi Noda through April 14. Noda is the president of the design group Uchu Country, while internationally she is affiliated with Partizan. In her three incarnations as director, art director and artist, her combination of unparalleled flair and astounding expressivity have drawn her to the attention of the international media, making her the most-watched creator of the younger generation.

For Nike she portrayed the beauty of sport with both coolness and charm, while for Laforet she created the world of the fevered imagination of a young girl, taking the advertising industry by storm. Her music video for Yuki, "Sentimental Journey", which used stop motion animation technique with actual photographs of 100 people, has garnered high acclaim, as have her other film works.

This exhibition displays the "Hanpandas," creations that are half panda, half other animal (han means "half" in Japanese), as contemporary art. It includes 16 bodies of two-meter-tall hanpandas, several rubberized hanpandas with their non-panda halves encased in black rubber, a Yorkshire terrier hanpanda sculpture, and a stuffed deer hanpanda wall hanging. Videos and other representative works are also shown. This show is highly recommended!

For more information, contact ddd Gallery at 06-6347-8780. You find a map here.

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