FROM KOLAJ 28
Nagai’s collage is in dialogue with art history. Botanique 17 pairs Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait with a fragment from a Roy Lichtenstein print. A different composition features one of Michaelangelo’s ignudi from the Sistine Chapel, the one near the Flood and above the Sibyl of Eritrea. Nagai venerates the figure with flowers and birds. He adds drama with a fragment that covers the ignundi’s eyes. The figure sits on a background of paper strips with various typographies—Cyrillic, Japanese, Latin—that alternate between soft and small and thick and bold.
“I generate ideas for collages based on my first impression of the materials. I live a simple life and the simple life brings me to the world of collage. I truly love collage and I live in the world of collage everyday.”
Koji Nagai is a collage artist and graphic designer who lives and works in Hiroshima, Japan, where he was born in 1950. His work was included in the 7th International Exhibition of “Art in Miniature” at MajdanArt in Majdanpek, Serbia, 2016; in “Marvelous! An International Show of Collage, Assemblage and Construction” at the Sebastopol (California) Centre for the Arts, 2017; and “Retroavangarda’s Collage Art Exhibition” at Korekta Gallery in Warsaw, 2018. See more in the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory and at allezcircus.wixsite.com/allezcircus2014.