Category — Art
I’ve been going through a lot of student work this week (see it all here) and one of my favorites is this clever set of furniture that looks like rough sketches suddenly came to life. It’s enough to make you do a double-take, or to assume they’re just renderings. The collection, appropriately titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his 2013 senior thesis exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts.
I’m not sure how comfortable these pieces are, but in terms of bringing ideas to life (quite literally) Daigo Fukawa takes the cake.
November 27, 2013 No Comments
What should have been warm, fuzzy photos of couples are drastically transformed into stark, rather eerie portraits by Saiko Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi. Using an actual CT scan and x-ray machine, the students artists photographed 4 couples, removing the everyday information that we typically perceive. But surprisingly what is revealed is something more than what we would see in a doctor’s office.
“X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter,” say the duo. “But these couples portraits reveal a pulse that isn’t normally seen.” Romantic? No. Intimate? Absolutely.
November 26, 2013 6 Comments
Finishing off our top picks of Japanese artists showing in New York this fall is Riusuke Fukahori. The 40-year old Yokohama-based artist will be making his debut solo exhibition in New York alongside his single obsession: goldfish.
Fukahori’s goldfish are not real, but can easily be mistaken for a living animal. Instead, the creations emerge and come to life from an incredibly meticulous process of layer after layer of paint, each separated – and held in place – by a single thin layer of resin.
Riusuke Fukahori: The Painted Breath
Joshua Liner, New York
11.21.13 – 01.18.14
If you want to learn more about the artist, this is what we wrote when we covered his work last year:
The goldfish holds a very special place in the heart of any child who’s ever been to a matsuri (street festival) in Japan. Kingyo-sukui is the game of “goldfish scooping” and is a staple of any summer street festival, along with the masks, water balloon yo-yos, fireworks and yummy food.
But for artist Riusuke Fukahori, the goldfish was not just a relic of long-lost childhood. As he painfully lay in his room one night, struggling and suffering, about to give up on his art, he looked over and saw a goldfish. His neglected fish of 7 years sputtered about in a cesspool of mold and feces – a common fate endured by most festival souvenirs.
Fukahori felt a shiver run down his spine. What he suddenly saw was a beautiful animal, glowing in bright red, living and surviving. The artist pulled out his paint and set to work, immediately triggering some sort of chemical reaction in his brain. Fukahori had looked far and wide – in Europe, the U.S. and Japan – for his muse. But in an instantaneous form of enlightenment he knew that all along it was right there in his room, inside that dirty fish tank. The goldfish, writes Fukahori, was my salvation.
source: press release
November 20, 2013 1 Comment
Continuing on with picks for this season’s NY gallery openings is Shinichi Maruyama (previously), who photographs nudes like you’ve never seen them before. The Japanese artist, who is showing at Bruce Silverstein, points his camera at nude dancers, capturing thousands of individual frames. Each frame is then layered on top of one another, creating a sculptural composite image “that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time.”
The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (1912). “I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion,” says Maruyama. “By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists.”
Shinichi Maruyama: Nudes
Bruce Silverstein, New York
11.07.13 – 12.21.13
(special performance by choreographer Jessica Lang on Thursday Nov. 21, 7PM)
November 20, 2013 2 Comments
Today we’re going to be rounding up a few picks of Japanese artists showing in New York this fall season. Our first pick is Yayoi Kusama, who recently joined David Zwirner Gallery and is now really rubbing it in to her ex-gallerist Gagosian. In what is promising to be the next Rain Room (ie: long lines and obligatory instagram selfies) eccentric artist Yayoi Kusama is showcasing a monumental body of new and recent work. Headlining the show “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” is Kusama’s immersive mirrored infinity room, which features a surrealistic dark room of mirrors, LED lights and water. As of now we’re hearing that the wait to get in is 2 hours and there is a time limit of 40 seconds to spend in the room.
Yayoi Kusama: I who have arrived in heaven
David Zwirner, New York
11.08.2013 – 12.21.2013
Also on display are Kusama’s colorful dot sculptures and paintings.
November 20, 2013 2 Comments
They say cats have 9 lives. Well Internet cats now have 1 additional life, thanks to embroidery artist Hiroko Kubota. The Nara-based artist began creating clothes as a hobby, mainly for her family. “My son was of a smaller build and store-bought clothes wouldn’t fit him well so I would often make him clothes,” explains Kubota. “It was actually at his request that I began embroidering cats.”
As it turns out, Kubota’s son is somewhat of a cat fanatic and enjoys collecting images of cute cats he finds on the Internet. His favorite ones would become models for embroideries.
After posting her creations online they quickly went viral (like most Internet cats do), prompting Kubota to open an etsy shop 6 months ago. Despite the hefty price tag for a shirt ($250 – $300) she quickly racked up 15 sales and her current inventory is looking a bit slim. According to her website she also used to do custom orders. But now that she seems to be getting busier that service may be in jeopardy.
*All quotes translated from Japanese to English by author
November 19, 2013 4 Comments
Manic doodler Keita Sagaki updated his portfolio with recent works and he appears to be shifting his focus to the USA. From afar, the 29-year old Tokyo-based artist creates work that appears to be fairly accurate sketches – nothing more, nothing less. But upon closer observation one realizes that each piece is actually composed of hundreds of cartoonish doodles that encompass entire canvasses.
Sagaki previously focused his efforts on recreating classical artwork like Greek sculptures and The Mona Lisa using wacky doodles. But his recent work would suggest he’s now seeking inspiration from iconic American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, New York’s Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.
November 18, 2013 1 Comment
Five elevated sofas sit on top of a hill in Hidemi Nishida’s installation on Mt. Rokko in Kobe, Japan. Visitors can walk up the ladders and sit down in a perch to experience a sensation similar to that of sitting in the sky. I would kill for a view like that from my sofa. It’s like a Tatzu Nishi living room turned inside out.
This post is part of a short series highlighting artists participating in the outdoor Rokko Meets Art festival going on through Nov 24.
November 14, 2013 No Comments
Painstakingly assembling and welding together hundreds of plastic cylinders, artist Masato Yamaguchi creates what he calls “plastic paintings.” And you shouldn’t be surprised if you recognize a lot of the imagery. From Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst to Yayoi Kusama and street artist Space Invader, the 33-year old Tokyo-based artist consolidates this popular imagery into graphics and seals them away in plastic.
“All culture; be it high, low, Eastern or Western, regardless of region or history, is archived and copied on the Internet,” says Yamaguchi. “It is this phenomenon that I have attempted to reflect in my work.” In a world overflowing with artificiality, disparate parts come together to form a new piece: “an aggregation of plastic.”
Yamaguchi’s work will be part of the upcoming Scope Miami Beach 2013 art fair in December.
The artist offers a look into his creative process, which is almost as beautiful as the actual pieces. The thought and time that goes into each piece is clear and evident.
November 12, 2013 No Comments
A bright, iridescent rock garden. Ceilings and floors turned into artwork. A circular tower that encompasses you with images. This is Teshima Yokoo House, a renovated home turned into a museum to house the work of artist and graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. The structure, which opened over the summer of 2013, is the latest addition to the ongoing develop of the Setouchi Islands as an artistic and cultural hub, and was a collaboration between Yokoo himself and architect Yuko Nagayama.
One major theme throughout the space is the convergence of art and architecture. Translucent red panels appear throughout the space, at times making it appear is if a whole room is just a painting in itself. The red glass also has the strange effect of making the red rock garden disappear.
What makes the space special is it’s efforts to involve the locals citizens, most of whom are elderly. Neighbors were always welcome to observe the construction process and they were even invited to help lay the ceramic tiles in the rock garden. Through a collaborative process, the site became part of the community rather than just a museum. Staying true to their theme of “life and death,” the museum even offers funeral and cremation services.
November 5, 2013 1 Comment