As an extension to the art exhibition picks we are doing this week, we thought we’d round up some artwork in a slightly different vein. Since 2002, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has been organizing a one-day art extravaganza known as GEISAI that takes place twice a year. Already in its 15th iteration, the latest event for young and budding artists across Japan was cancelled 2 days ahead of its scheduled opening – yet another consequence of the devastating disaster on March 11.
However, over the summer organizers pulled together what they are calling “petit GEISAI #15,” a slightly trimmed down version of what was previously known to attract over 10,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors. And yet “petit,” while also referring to the 29-year age cutoff, is somewhat of a misnomer. Maddie and I spent the better part of our morning combing through the 200+ participating artists who were just announced earlier this week, in order to select just a handful of what you can expect to see. The fun goes down October 9, 2011 (see bottom of post for details)!
“Mugon” (2009) by Kumiko Nagaiwa. This odd animal has a heartbeat, weighs 1.5kg and maintains a proper body temperature. One more pic here.
“motsu motsu” (2011) by Shinri Yokoyama. Detail here.
We couldn’t resist these felt animals by HIROKO
We were enthralled with Mamina Kitazono’s manga-insired blobs. One more.
Simply known as Hekichi, the artist created these fantastic prints of everyday objects. Detail here.