CONTACT: cafelala @ yahoo .com
Based in Los Angeles CA USA
Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound, occasionally incorporating video, sculpture, drawing, paint, performance, text, food and most recently perfumes.
Since 2014, he has been working on a semi-autobiographic sound-based environment, utilizing multi-point audio field recordings of historic interiors; Peace Resonance; Hiroshima/Wendover combines recordings of the Hiroshima Atomic Dome (Hiroshima, Japan) and Wendover Hangar (Utah); Conical Sound; Antoni Gaudi and Simon Rodia combines recordings of Watts Towers (Los Angeles) and the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain).
From May to September 2019, he will have a solo exhibition titled “UNFINISHED PROOF NINOMIYA” at the CalState Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, Carson CA.
From March 2018 to now, Nakagawa has been the Artist in Resident at CalState University Dominguez Hills through Praxis Art focusing on the Ninomiya Photo Archive. This exhibition is the culmination of a year long research into this unique and historical photo archive.
He is the host of VISITINGS Radio Show which is periodically featured on OPTICAL TRACKS/ Echo Park Film Center on DUBLAB radio. VISITINGS Radio Show is an interview of artists who practice outside of the museum and gallery environment. The entire series is available on iTunes and SoundCloud.
He is currently working on a multi-disciplinary/ book project about his trajectory to the variety of artist in residence opportunities he’s recently had the privilege of receiving. This project is a collaboration with WritLarge Press and is tentatively scheduled to be published in 2021.
Nakagawa co-founded the now defunct non-profit arts collective Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2011) and was the curator of Ear Meal Webcast (2010-2016).
Nakagawa is a recipient of two Art Matters grants, City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and a Monbusho Scholar.
He was the first artist in resident for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Library. Nakagawa was invited by the Smithsonian Museum of American History to research the development of the hearing aid in the US. He currently resides in Los Angeles’ Koreatown and continues to exhibit and develop his creative practice.