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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

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"Nami Tsujikawa: Uncommonness Fantasy"

TENGAI GALLERY


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"Daffodils in the cemetery" (2010) COURTESY OF TENGAI GALLERY

Nami Tsujikawa is a self-taught artist whose wild and fantastical works have been described by critics as a hybrid of Western and Eastern influences. Her works reject homogeneity and use unusual mixes of ethnical elements as she pursues excessive ornateness.

Tsujikawa is a typical follower of what is known as basara, a flamboyant style of aesthetics that counters Japan's traditional appreciation of frugality and humbleness. Her works, with their outrageous embellishments have been said to disorient viewers, making them feel as if they are trapped by a never-ending labyrinth of art; till Dec. 25.

Tengai Gallery; (03) 3462-0682; 14-18-1 1F, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo; Nakameguro Station, Tokyu Toyoko Line. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Free admission. Closed Sun., Mon. and holidays. tengaigallery.com.

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