Oiwa Island: a massive drawing within an inflatable vinyl dome by Oscar Oiwa

Oscar Oiwa Shodojima Setouchi Triennale (2)

all photos courtesy the artist

The 2016 Setouchi Triennale officially kicks off in just 3 days on March 20, 2016. Now in its 3rd incarnation, the massive art festival, held across 12 islands, will include 68 new works by world-renowned artists, designers and architects. One of those is painter Oscar Oiwa, the Brazilian-born Japanese artist known for his large-scale paintings. Oiwa will present “Oiwa Island 2,” an immersive painting created on an inflatably vinyl dome.

Oscar Oiwa Shodojima Setouchi Triennale (1)

At this point we can only imagine the odd sensation of arriving on an island, walking into a soy sauce factory  and then suddenly being immersed in a black and white island.

Oscar Oiwa Shodojima Setouchi Triennale (5)

Expanding on his work previously created for the 2013 Triennale and housed within a gymnasium on Ibuki Island, “Oiwa Island 2” will be installed within a building once used as a soy sauce warehouse. The audience will be allowed to walk inside the work of art: essentially a massive, 360-degree drawing made with black permanent marker on a 40-ft diameter inflatable vinyl dome. It’s located on Shodoshima.

New sections were added to the drawing, which will depict sky, forest and a small cottage on the sea shore. At this point we can only imagine the odd sensation of arriving on an island, walking into a soy sauce factory (which leads to the door of the cottage) and then suddenly being immersed in a black and white island.

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Oscar Oiwa Shodojima Setouchi Triennale (3)

In addition, Oiwa will also have installed “The room inside of the room” on Ogijima: a mysterious space where the tatami floor is a wall, the tokonoma alcove is set into the floor, and where you look out through a wall that is like a ceiling.

Oscar Oiwa Shodojima Setouchi Triennale (4)

4 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see Oiwa Island 2 again and to discover a Room within a Room…
    I’ll be on Ogijima on Sunday and on Shodoshima some time within the next two weeks.

  2. How long will the exhibition be on?

  3. Adrienne – I believe it’s permanent.

  4. Johnny and Adrienne,

    I don’t think it will be permanent.
    What will happen will probably be the same as three years ago.
    At the end of the Triennale, the installation will be put in storage until the next one in 2019 (and possibly in a different location). Now, don’t mark my words (but from a practical point of view, I really don’t see it being permanent).

    However, the Room inside of the Room on Ogijima is permanent indeed.

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