Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present FIXED CONTAINED, a group exhibition of seven international contemporary artists: Brian Alfred, Firelei Báez, Inka Essenhigh, Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Carlos Rolón.  This exhibition is guest curated by Matsuyama, and will be on view from April 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019


Each of the artists featured in FIXED CONTAINEDsamples ornamental aspects of visual material culture. Rather than merely using such elements for their patterned forms, the artists mix them in unique ways to create works that message the complexity of our times.  Alfred’s work features flat and abstracted lines in his paintings to illuminate the two-dimensional skeleton of urban views.  Similarly, Essenhigh uses seemingly organic shapes and structures to create dream-landscapes for the viewer.  While differing in mediums, both Báez and Matelli investigate the human form; Báez combines a variety of ornamental patterns that together form fluid portraitures of strong spirits, and Matelli uses the traditional mediums of marble and painted bronze to mash-up traditional statuesque forms with quotidian waste from our everyday.  Rolón combines flat gold leaf or mirrored backgrounds with a foreground explosion of shapes and flowers reminiscent of bird and flower paintings from the Eastern painterly tradition.  Hod creates shiny mirrored surface paintings that reflect back an abstracted version of the viewer to themselves.  Matsuyama continues to fuse publicly recognizable elements of contemporary culture with traditional iconography to create a contemporary vision of the now.


The title of the exhibition, FIXED CONTAINED, references a potential contradiction between adapted or remixed objects, and the reality that the structures placed around such objects can be made fluid in order to provide for new meanings.  The artists featured in this exhibition play with this tension by contesting the dichotomy between that which is non-functional adornment and that which is otherwise not.  Taking these works entirely outside of the realm of the useful, these works instead point to the hybridity and complexity of the world we live in, by strategically sampling and further remixing these flat, ornamental patterns or elements. In doing so, each of these artists posits their own answer to the complex multi-layered world we inhabit. By expanding and, at times, exploding the ‘contained’ vessel, these artists clarify that the act of recombination not only requires deep knowledge of, and respect given to, the past, but may be one of the only ways to innovate in today’s information-overladen society.


Exhibition Title

FIXED CONTAINED curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama


April 20  –  June 29, 2019

Opening Hours

11:00-18:00 (Tue, Wed, Thu + Sat)
11:00-20:00 (Fri)
*Closed on Sun, Mon and National Holidays

Artist Talk

April 20, 16:00〜


Opening Reception

April 20, 18:00〜





TERRADA Art Complex 3F,
1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0002 Japan


8 – minutes walk from Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line “Tennoz Isle Station” B Exit

10 – minutes walk from Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line “Tennoz Isle Station” South Exit

8 – minutes walk from Keikyu Line “Shinbanba Station” North Exit

3 – minutes walk from Toei bus “Tennozu bashi bus stop”

(Take the Toei bus  “品91 or 品98” from “Shinagawa Station” Konan Exit )

(Take the Toei bus  “品93” from “Meguro Station” )




  • April 20 – June 29, 2019

Open Hours

  • 11:00-18:00 (Tue, Wed, Thu + Sat)
  • 11:00-20:00 (Fri)
  • *Closed on Sun, Mon and National Holidays

Artist Talk

  • April 20, 16:00〜

Opening Reception

  • April 20, 18:00〜